How to Insert Acidophilus

Plain, unsweetened yogurt can help sooth a yeast infection.
Plain, unsweetened yogurt can help sooth a yeast infection. (Image: Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

Vaginal yeast infections are no joke. When you don't have one, the idea of inserting some kind of remedy into your vagina might seem questionable. When you're plagued with a raging yeast infection, you'll probably be willing to do anything to soothe the fire down below. Acidophilus works well for some women. According to MayoClinic, the live bacteria reduce the number of yeast cells wreaking havoc on your sensitive areas. The best way to zap yeast with acidophilus is to hit them where they live by inserting the live, beneficial bacteria directly into your vagina.

Things You'll Need

  • L.acidophilus capsules
  • Unsweetened, probiotic-enhanced yogurt
  • Tampon applicator
  • Needleless syringe
  • Water bottle ice tray
  • Rubber glove

Acidophilus Capsules

Purchase acidophilus capsules that contain 1-2 billion live Lactobacillus acidophilus bacteria per dose. Look for either freeze-dried granules or refrigerated supplements to ensure efficacy.

Find a comfortable position, such as the position you'd assume if you were inserting a tampon.

Part your labia gently with one hand and insert one capsule into your vagina with the other hand. Guide the capsule into your vagina using your finger until you've placed it just past the pubic bone. If you can feel the capsule and it's making you uncomfortable, you haven't inserted it far enough.

Use acidophilus capsules once daily, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Continue treatment until you've had two to three symptom-free days.


Purchase plain yogurt with no added sugar, flavorings or fruits. Check the package to make sure the yogurt contains live acidophilus cultures.

Spoon 1 to 2 tablespoons of the yogurt into an empty tampon applicator or suck it up into a needless syringe. Accuracy isn't important, as there's no recommended dosage for using yogurt internally.

Place the plunger back into the tampon applicator and insert it, or the needless syringe, about 2-3 inches into your vagina.

Press the applicator or syringe's plunger down to force the yogurt into your vagina. Remove the syringe or applicator. Repeat daily, preferable at night so you don't have to worry about any dripping yogurt during the course of your day.

Tips & Warnings

  • To make inserting yogurt into your vagina easier, try freezing it in the fingers of a rubber glove or in a water bottle ice cube tray that create tall, thin ice cubes. Insert the frozen yogurt the same way you would insert the tampon applicator or needleless syringe. Note the yogurt will feel very cold, but it melt and will warm up quickly. Freezing won't kill the acidophilus bacteria.

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