If you’re into clean food, you probably take for granted that eating the right stuff can play an important role in keeping you healthy. But what about using food in, uh, another way? When it comes to yeast infections, which are caused by an overgrowth of candida fungus, plenty of women swear that putting certain foods on—or in—their vaginas is the only thing that delivers relief.
If it sounds a little crazy, well, we were skeptical at first, too. But using food as a remedy for yeast infections might be more common than you think. Believe it or not, experts don’t know that much about the best way to rebalance vaginal bacteria in the face of a yeast infection, says Sarah Yamaguchi, MD, OB/GYN at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles. “So if my patients want to try an alternative treatment, I think it’s reasonable to let them.” While there’s not much proof that these remedies work, Yamaguchi doesn’t see them as harmful. Just get the go-ahead from your doctor, and notify her right away if your symptoms get worse.