Can a yoghurt-tampon fight vaginal itching and burning?
The idea of using a tampon dipped in yoghurt is actually a good one, as yoghurt contains lactic acid bacteria and cools the infected vagina. Natural lactic acid bacteria are important for a healthy vagina since they maintain the acidity of the vaginal milieu and ward off any unwanted pathogens. But a tampon covered in yoghurt has just one problem: The lactic acid bacteria in the vagina and those found in yoghurt are not the same. This is because there are various types of lactic acid bacteria, and every type of bacteria has its own tasks to perform.
The bacteria in yoghurt do not belong in the vagina
Traditional yoghurts contain Lactobacillus delbrueckii and Streptococcus thermophilus – two species of bacteria that are used to acidify and thicken yoghurt. Mild yoghurts may, for example, contain Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum. However, with the exception of Lactobacillus acidophilus, the bacteria in yoghurt do not belong in a healthy vagina. This area is dominated by other species of lactic acid bacteria. If you are unlucky, tampons covered in yoghurt can have yet another problem – yoghurts may also contain yeasts. The yeasts do not reduce the quality of the yoghurt, but can disrupt the vaginal milieu and thus cause new problems.
Suppositories with vaginal lactic acid bacteria
Instead, suppositories such as SymbioVag can be used to restore the vaginal flora which has been attacked. They contain a high concentration of the lactic acid bacteria that are also naturally present in the vagina.