Can I make vagina yoghurt from a healthy friend or relative?

If you can find a healthy vagina belonging to a willing donor, it’s really worth creating a whole new batch of only vaginal secretions to see how potent it is before using it, then adding it into a vaginal treatment mix. If we can do faecal transplants, we can do vaginal secretion transplants.      

Who makes a good donor?
A close female relative (sister, mother) is ideal, since our natural microbiota is passed down to us from our mothers, however if your mother is postmenopausal, this is not likely to work that well, since her low oestrogen levels mean her vagina is not going to be flush with good bacteria.

Check out lactobacilli and vaginas around the world to see what vaginal microbiota your ethnic group normally has. Using someone of the same ethnicity would also be useful, even if you were both born and raised away from your family’s way-back-when area of origin. Our microbiota will be tweaked slightly, and naturally, over many generations, but generally, it will be what your mother gave you, and what her mother gave her, and so on.

This would keep it as close to what you would normally have as possible, but if you didn’t have a healthy related donor handy, any healthy vagina would be acceptable. They generally have the same components.

Interesting science note: We get our mother’s vaginal secretions up our noses and throats and vaginas on the way out, and if delivered by C-section, you can add those good bacteria to your baby’s system by putting your vaginal secretions onto the nipple during feeds. This helps develop their immune system. If you have an unhealthy vagina when you deliver your baby, you can put probiotic capsule contents onto your nipple too. It works much the same way.

Milk or yoghurt?
Stick with the plain milk at first so you could see how potent the vaginal secretions are (yes, this is hilarious!) and establish how long it takes to ferment, how much milk do you need, etc., which may take several days to figure out.

Set yourself up for a week or so by making a thick, creamy, sour batch (yes you will need to taste it!) and then just adding more milk every day to feed the bacteria, and taking some out to use – you’ll figure it out – milk in, vag yoghurt out, leaving the base ferment brewing happily all the time, like a pot of soup.

Here is how to take care of your milk kefir (or vag yoghurt, whatever the case may be).

Once you figure your vagina yoghurt is as good as, or better than, your regular kefir, go about the treatment as you would the kefir, adding in any extras you wish like the boric acid and garlic, to maximise the treatment, which you will want to sustain, so don’t let the ferment dry up or die off.

How to harvest and ferment the vaginal secretions
Ask your kind donor to contribute to lady science and get a teaspoon full of mid-cycle vaginal secretions for you (before or after ovulation is best), but you can get her to put it straight into probably about a third of a cup of milk, stir well, then leave in a warm spot overnight and see what it looks like in the morning. Expect it to be a bit creamier, but take a few days to get thicker, with some more milk added where necessary to feed the bacteria.

WARNING: introducing foreign bacteria into your vagina from an unknown source can be a bad idea due to the natural flora of someone else being different to yours. This means that bacteria their body may normally tolerate – but yours doesn’t – could be introduced. You could also catch STIs like this! Be careful, and choose your donor carefully if you want to use this method.  

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Jessica Lloyd - Vulvovaginal Specialist Naturopathic Practitioner, BHSc(N)

Jessica is a degree-qualified naturopath (BHSc) specialising in vulvovaginal health and disease, based in Melbourne, Australia.

Jessica is the owner and lead naturopath of My Vagina, and is a member of the:

  • International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease (ISSVD)
  • International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH)
  • National Vulvodynia Association (NVA) Australia
  • New Zealand Vulvovaginal Society (ANZVS)
  • Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)