Fermented foods for the gut and vagina

Your vagina needs good germs, so feed it! (Via your mouth.)

Fermented foods are a method of filling both your gut and vagina with good germs, and I don’t mean shoving sauerkraut up your chuffer; your gut is the perfect conduit for getting the lactobacilli to your vagina, though the direct method is also an excellent delivery system and you should try that too (just not with sauerkraut).

Read our big guide on how to use fermented foods for your vaginal advantage. 

The best ferments we have available to us that cost almost nothing are:


This is chopped up cabbage fermenting in its own juice, plus some salt. How much is a cabbage where you live? Probably not much unless you live in Antarctica. Here are some recipes.

Milk kefir

Kefir is basically yoghurt, but way more awesome. You can definitely put this up your vagina, and in fact you would, at certain times, be encouraged to. It has up to 26 different varieties of lactobacilli in it, which is way more than your average probiotic. See how to get hold of it and grow it properly.

Water kefir

This is the milk-free version of milk kefir, and makes a bubbly drink.


This is an Asian fermented soy product.


Korea’s national dish, spicy fermented cabbage.  

Original price was: USD $9.95.Current price is: USD $0.00. ex GST/VAT/TAX
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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)