Can Yogurt Cure a Vaginal Yeast Infection?

Yogurt cannot cure a vaginal yeast infection. Antifungals cure vaginal yeast infections.


The candida yeast lives normally in the vagina. When it overgrows, however, it causes a yeast infection, leading to itching, redness, white vaginal discharge, and burning upon urination.

Since yogurt contains probiotics, which help promote healthy bacteria, someone, somewhere, thought it would reduce the yeast. It’s an interesting idea, but it doesn’t work.

It’s better to treat a vaginal yeast infection with an antifungal cream such as miconazole which attacks the fungus. Don’t stop using it as soon as you start feeling better. Finish the treatment, or it might come back.

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2 thoughts on “Can Yogurt Cure a Vaginal Yeast Infection?”

  1. Melinda Holmes says:

    Is it true that eating yogurt with active cultures can prevent a yeast infection when you have to take an antibiotic though? By replacing the good bacteria in your gut?

  2. Healthy for your gut, yes. Not sure about preventing yeast infection though.

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