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Gynaecologist Warns Women Not To Put Garlic In Their Vaginas

Gynaecologist Warns Women Not To Put Garlic In Their Vaginas

The doctor said there is no evidence to support using garlic to treat yeast infections

Jake Massey

Jake Massey

A gynaecologist has taken to Twitter to advise women against putting garlic in their vaginas.

Now, before we go on, in case you're wondering why such a warning would ever be necessary, basically there is a bit of an old wives' tale that suggests the popular cooking ingredient can be used to treat vaginal yeast infections.

Dr Gunter says you shouldn't be putting garlic in your vagina.

But according to Dr Jennifer Gunter, there have been no studies to suggest garlic has any anti-fungal properties beyond the confines of Petri dish. In fact, she warns that the vagina could serve as the ideal environment for the growth of dangerous botulism bacteria.

In an eight-part thread - using the hashtag #vaginaisanogarliczone - the author of a book called The Vagina Bible began by explaining that studies of garlic in the lab should not be used to make vagina-based conclusions.

The doctor then went on to explain that garlic could in fact worsen an 'inflamed yeasty vagina'.

She said: "Garlic could have bacteria from the soil. Bacteria from the soil can be pathogenic - bad for the body. That's why we clean wounds. If you actually happen to have an inflamed yeasty vagina that soil bacteria would be more likely to infect #vaginaisanogarliczone"

Dr Gunter warned that garlic could potentially lead to the development of harmful biofilms in the vagina, before claiming that those who believe in the home remedy probably never had a yeast infection in the first place, or recovered naturally.

Dr Gunter then concluded by advising people against taking medical advice from anybody who endorses putting garlic in vaginas, before dropping in a cheeky plug for her The Vagina Bible book - which is out on 27 August, if you're interested.

And then, as if we weren't all feeling informed enough, the gynaecologist left us with one last bit of sage advice... or cucumber advice, to be more precise.

Cheers Dr Gunter.

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