Growing up, we’re taught that Mum is always right. She knows why the sky is blue (“because it is”) and that if we don’t eat our crusts, our hair won’t go curly.
Don’t we know that going to bed with wet hair is just asking to get for a cold? And got thrush? Just dip a tampon in yoghurt and stick it up there for an hour.
Hang on – that wasn’t Mum, that was Google. Close enough.
But do these golden nuggets of wisdom ACTUALLY work or are they just meaningless old wives’ tales passed down from generation to generation? We decided it was time to consult science to find out the truth once and for all.
A yoghurt covered tampon will cure thrush.
Thrush is uncomfortable, itchy and quite literally, a pain in the vagina. Yet many women choose to keep it to themselves and resort to the age old 'dip a tampon in yoghurt' solution. The thinking is that yoghurt's active ingredient, lactobacillus, helps fight the infection. Turns out this one is udder rubbish. GP Marie Pirotta has spent five years researching vaginal thrush and she says yoghurt is not the cure. Don't feel silly though – Pirotta does concede that while it won't cure it, many women find it has a cooling effect on the affected area. Just make sure it's natural yoghurt and not one with sugar in. Otherwise, uh oh!