Can I eat garlic instead of using it vaginally for vaginal infections?
Eating garlic has no direct impact on bacterial vaginosis or biofilms of the vagina, however, it is an excellent immune booster and can indirectly benefit vaginal cells by improving the health of your other cells.
Garlic cannot get to the vagina through the intestine to impact vaginal bacteria, but it may have some positive effect generally on gut microflora. Gut microbiome health can be an important element of adjusting your vaginal microbiome and is worth pursuing if you have chronic digestive issues.
If you are sensitive to sulphur or have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and are sensitive to FODMAPs, garlic may not go down very well, so use allicin supplements instead.
Oral garlic is beneficial, but we can’t recommend using it as a treatment by itself for vaginal infections, because we don’t think it will work. Using vaginal garlic may be of more use.