A woman has experimented with yoghurt which she made with her vagina – and her writer friend has written extensively about it in her blog.
According to Janet Jay, her friend Cecilia Westbrook, who is an MD/PhD student at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, believes vaginal secretions have probiotic properties, which are good for your gut.
And what better way to have it than subtly blended in with yoghurt (which is also probiotic).
The science behind it
According to Jay: “Every vagina is home to hundreds of different types of bacteria and organisms. These organisms —collectively known as the vaginal community — produce lactic acid, hydrogen peroxide, and other substances that keep the vagina healthy.
“The dominant bacteria is called lactobacillus, which also happens to be what people sometimes use to culture milk, cheese, and yoghurt.”
Jay added that this culinary experiment wasn’t some sort of a joke, but rather a scientific experiment on whether consuming vaginal fluids are actually good for your health.
“She knew enough about the chemistry of the vagina to think that eating a batch of yoghurt made from her ladyjuices would be good for her. Seriously,” Jay wrote.
How was vagina yoghurt made?
The sample was allegedly collected with a wooden spoon and blended with the yoghurt concoction.
“The ‘collection method’ was done with a wooden spoon. She set up a positive control (made with actual yoghurt as the starter culture) and a negative control (plain milk with nothing added), and combined her own home-made ingredient to the third batch of yoghurt.
“Left overnight, the magic of biology created a respectably-sized bowl.”
What did it taste like?
Sour, tangy, and tingly on the tongue, apparently.
Jay wrote: “She compared it to Indian yoghurt, and ate it with some blueberries.”
Westbrook’s second batch tasted “even more tart, like slightly-spoiled milk.”
What do the experts think?
Jay has sought comments from a microbiologist and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to explore this theory.
“You can take a probiotic orally and have the bacteria end up in the vagina,” Larry Forney, a microbiologist at the University of Idaho, told Jay for her article which appeared on Motherboard.
“So the whole idea of eating yoghurt to treat your vagina, you stop and think about it a moment and go ‘Wait, isn’t there a problem here with the plumbing?’ But somehow it works.
“I like what she’s doing in principle, but it’s risky, because she doesn’t know what else she’s doing and she could end up with a bad batch.”
FDA’s Theresa Eisenman told Jay: “Vaginal secretions are not considered ‘food’, and they may transmit human disease, a food product that contains vaginal secretions or other bodily fluids is considered adulterated.”
So how is Westbrook feeling about this?
According to Jay: “Despite the discouragement of everyone from Forney to the FDA, she’s feeling fine. And she won’t be culturing any more.”