Eating garlic instead of inserting vaginally

TL;DR

While eating garlic boosts the immune system and may indirectly benefit vaginal health by improving gut microflora, it cannot directly impact vaginal infections. For those with sulphur sensitivity or IBS, consider allicin supplements instead. Direct application of garlic vaginally may offer more benefits for treating infections, though it’s not a standalone solution.

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.



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)
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