May 1, 2016

Yogurt

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How does Yogurt work?

Yogurt contains bacteria which may help restore the normal bacteria in the digestive tract and vagina. This might help treat diarrhea and vaginal infections.

Are there safety concerns?

Yogurt is LIKELY SAFE for most adults when taken by mouth. Yogurt is POSSIBLY SAFE when used in the vagina. There aren't many reported side effects, but there have been cases of people getting sick from yogurt contaminated with disease-causing bacteria. Be careful to choose yogurt that has been prepared and stored properly.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Yogurt seems to be safe in food amounts and might be safe when applied intravaginally during pregnancy. Pregnant women involved in a small study reported no side effects.

Yogurt seems to be safe in breast-feeding women when used in normal food amounts, but researchers haven't adequately studied the safety of intravaginal use of yogurt during breast-feeding. It's best to avoid intravaginal use if you are nursing.

Weakened immune system: There is some concern live bacteria in yogurt might reproduce unchecked, causing illness in people with weakened immune systems, such as people with HIV/AIDS or organ transplant recipients. Lactobacillus in yogurt has caused disease, but rarely, in people with weakened immune systems. To be on the safe side, if you have a weakened immune system, avoid eating large amounts of yogurt that contain live bacteria for prolonged periods of time without advice from your healthcare professional.


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