Ask an obstetrician gynecologist: Do natural remedies work for yeast infections?

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Ask an obstetrician gynecologist: Do natural remedies work for yeast infections?

Good news: ESSENCE's "Ask An OB-GYN" series is back to provide very public answers to some of your most private questions. When sexual and vaginal health problems arise, renowned Obstetrics and Gynecology doctor Dr. Tosha Rogers wants to make sure he has the answers he needs to feel comfortable. If you have a concern or question about sexual health that you want to ask at your address, we have it covered. E-mail (protected email) with "Ask An OB-GYN" in the subject line and ask!

Q: What do you think about the natural remedies that are used to treat fungal infections? For example, I have read that a tampon dipped in Greek yogurt can help you get rid of yeast. Similarly, I have heard that adding apple cider vinegar to a bath can also restore vaginal PH. Can these tricks really work?

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A: They ask me this question all the time. It makes me sad, angry and itchy, all at the same time. Yeast is a fungal infection. The yeast eats sugar. Then, when your blood sugar level is higher, it is when the yeast will raise its ugly head. The best thing you can do to avoid a fungal infection is to keep your blood sugar low. It does this by avoiding sugars, carbohydrates and processed foods and drinking a lot of water. I discourage all my patients to never put anything other than a tampon, a finger or a penis in the vagina. Please, no tampons soaked in yogurt, no coconut oil, no garlic cloves, etc.

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These so-called "natural remedies" not only don't work, but they could also create a new set of problems. As for apple cider vinegar, yes, it absolutely works to remove excess candida (yeast), but not from a bath. Stop entangling your vagina. He does not deserve it! I recommend one injection of ACV per day per day or 2 capsules if you can tolerate the taste. NEVER IN BATH WATER.

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