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Hmmm... I have a clove of garlic that is sort of stuck

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
in my yoni... How concerned should I be? I put it last night because it felt like I might be starting a yeast infection. I know I've read of women treating yeast with garlic cloves. How do you get them out again? I can feel it in there so I know it didn't fall out.

(I'm also 34 weeks pregnant.)

Thanks...
post #2 of 26
Hm. I would probably try to find it with my fingers, and if I didn't get it I would seek the help of my husband.

Could be fun!!! (But totally not.)
post #3 of 26
I think it may come down with your moevment throughout the day. Have you reached up with your fingers? Squatted with one foot on the toilet seat?

I think you're ok for at least 12-24 more hours.
post #4 of 26
I just squat and then sort of "bear down" and that moves the garlic down far enough so I can get it out easily. You'll be able to get it out, don't worry!
post #5 of 26
I'm sorry but I have to giggle about this. I know it is totally not funny to the person it is happening to.

The other posters have it. Bear down and retrieve. Ask your husband, who has longer fingers probably to help if you can't get it. Bear down when he's doing so.

I know I REALLY didn't want to ask my husband for help when this happened to me the first time I tried it. I did manage to get it, with such motivation. My husband is very funny with his black humour, but I didn't feel too keen on his take on the situation as a target.
post #6 of 26
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice so far. I tried squatting and bearing down earlier -- I'm going to take a shower and try it again. For future times, is there something I did wrong? Or is this just a "side effect" of this method? FWIW, this is the article I read about using garlic for yeast. It would be nice for the author to add extraction techniques!!
post #7 of 26
I do remember once feeling that I would never retrieve the tampon from my body (oh, back in the day), so I don't want to belittle your feelings at all, but I think this situation is somewhat comical.
It really can't get lost, and your vagina is a limited space - it's a tube with an end, and it stretches. The stretching is key. Are you just uncertain about fishing around in there with your finger? I use to be afraid to check my own cp, thinking it would be hard to find and really uncomfortable, but it is neither. When I use a garlic clove, I just put it up as high as I can. In the morning, I insert one finger up to the cervix, bear down, bend the knuckle (sort of like how you would use one finger to make a "come here" sign), snag the clove and remove. Done and done. Aside from the garlic taste in your mouth.: Just wash your hands well before you do this, and make sure to get under the finger nail, and then have some patience if it doesn't work the first time. You'll get it out, not to worry.
Oh, and for future reference, I've often heard of people threading a piece of thread/string through the garlic clove before inserting it, that way you have a set up kind of like a tampon - just pull the string to remove the garlic. If you're catching the yeast really early, you could also try simply inserting a pro-biotic capsule. They give the good bacteria a boost, and it just disolves, nothing to remove. If you're really concerned about the garlic, maybe give your midwife a call (totally assuming you have one, sorry!)? I'm a midwifery student and, at this point, I would say that if a client called me for something like this, I would giggle and talk her through it, and would totally pop over and remove it if she wanted me to. It's not exactly scope of practice, but we've (women) all been there.
Best,
Katia
post #8 of 26
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your post, Katia. Before my pregnancy, I used a Diva cup and while we were TTC, I monitored my cervix for fertility signs. So I'm no stranger to the inner workings of my vagina

I just tried again and I was almost able to use my first and middle fingers like a pincher to grasp it -- no dice, though. It's too high up/my fingers aren't long enough to get above it so I could pull it out with just one finger. I guess I'll get DH's help when he gets home.

Thanks for your help, mamas For real, what's life without a little drama?
post #9 of 26
Not to get all "up in your business", but I am curious how it went... Are you garlic free?
post #10 of 26
Thread Starter 
Sorry, I guess I should have posted an update I was eventually sucessful (the idea of my finger as a hook really helped). Whew, I think next time, though, I'll try the thread through the garlic idea. Thanks for your support in my time of need
post #11 of 26
Awesome!! That would NOT be a trip to the doctor that I would want to make. Yikes.
post #12 of 26
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Originally Posted by maybeknott View Post
Not to get all "up in your business", but I am curious how it went... Are you garlic free?
This post has me giggling.
post #13 of 26
Next time you can get a piece of sterile gauze(the kind you would use to wrap a burn or scab) it comes in rolls. I get the one that is I think 3 inches wide. You wrap the garlic clove in the gauze and then insert it like a tampon, then you can pulll it out whenever you are through using it! I have also heard of using embroidery floss to tie around the clove but havent tried that as the gauze works great!
post #14 of 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by maybeknott View Post
Not to get all "up in your business", but I am curious how it went... Are you garlic free?
post #15 of 26

Just posting for anyone else who finds this - Same thing happened to me!

 

I put one in last night for the first time and foolishly thought I didn't need a string - well it slipped passed the point where I could easily remove it this morning. My hubby tried too for an hour and I just got frustrated and sent him off to work.

 

I kept reading online and realized I should have made him try to hook his finger instead of trying to grab it with two fingers. Then I read where someone mentioned trying orgasms and/or bowel movements. Tried the orgasm but that's not something that's easy for me to do. Luckily, I suddenly had the urge to poo (been a little backed up since I'm pregnant) and sitting on the toilet and doing my business made it pop right out!

 

So, take a poo. Or maybe even just try to push it out while you sit on the toilet. I think just sitting on the toilet pushed the clove into the canal and out of that space between the cervix and the vaginal walls. Hope this helps anyone who finds it!

post #16 of 26

this just happened to me...i'm glad i'm not the only one & that there is hope of retrieval....  i am gbs positive & 38 weeks pregnant & keep worrying that my cervix is opening & the garlic is going on up.  i keep imagining the baby coming out with a clove of garlic stuck to her head....

so far nothing has worked for me--but the day is still young.

this is not the first time i have lost things in my vagina :irked

post #17 of 26

wow--i just went further into my vagina than i've ever gone before.  i'm 43 years old, it's probably about time i ventured that far--haha.

garlic retrieved!!

post #18 of 26

Okay. I stumbled upon this thread and am glad I did. My natural path told me to use the 'garlic clove up the hoohaa" for a stubborn bladder infection. I felt weird about putting something up there that I would normally make a pot of red gravy with, but... Anyway, it was a rather large clove and it kept sliding out. I was afraid of pushing it too far up and it finding its way to my uterus. Glad to hear that is not possible...

 

However, when I got up this morning, I quickly went to pee and peed forever...remember I have a bladder infection. I forgot completely about the garlic. After that, I tried to search for it, but to no avail. I am hoping that it just popped right out with the forst morning pee. I would hate to think that I will have to live with my Italian seasoning in my vajayjay!

 

I have to say, at one point, I felt very dry from all the searching and thought about another natural remedy shared by my doctor after the delivery of my oldest child. She recommended olive oil. That thought gave me the giggles. I guess I would just need some some salt, pepper and lettuce for a good salad. Okay, enough with the jokes. Do you think it is safe to say it came out?

 

PS: I am happy to report that after only one night, the strong smelling urine has disappeared!

post #19 of 26

OK... same problem. I put one in last night and can't find it and don't know that it came out. I tried again a couple of times tonight and think that maybe it did come out without my knowing it. My finger did not smell like garlic. Would it be safe to say that the searching finger ​would smell like garlic if it was still in there? I know that this sounds totally stupid, but if anyone has an answer or any advice, it would be greatly appreciated. I REALLY don't want to ask DH a doc or anyone else if I can avoid it. Thank you.:blush 

post #20 of 26
Did you have a resolution? I am going through the same thing, freaking out, don't feel a thing nor does my husband. Don't want to go to the doctor but nervous it is still there.
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