A PHD student named Cecilia Westbrook had decided that she will not make yoghurt in the general orthodox way instead she will use bacteria from her own vagina to make yoghurt.
Her friend had written the experience explaining that the student very well knew the chemistry of the vagina so that she can make yoghurt from the lady juices would be an innovative idea and step.
The collection of the bacteria from vagina was done with the help of a wooden spoon, shudder. She had set up a positive control (that is made with actual yoghurt as a starter culture) and a negative control (which is made out of plain milk only and nothing is added) which was combined with the home-made ingredient to the third batch of yoghurt. She had left the milk along with her vaginal bacteria overnight to be formed as curd.
When she tasted the first batch of yoghurt it was tangy, sour, and almost tingly on the tongue. She could compare this taste of curd with the Indian curd and ate it with blueberries. Accordingly, to a microbiologist at the university of Idaho, the curd sample was not too bad to taste but the preparation of curd in this manner was not a good idea. The microbiologist said that the when we take vaginal secretions, they don’t contain only lactobacilli but all other things as well.
As the sample of vaginal secretions will differ from woman to woman and from day to day so these secretions are no longer dominated by lactobacilli but other bacteria as well which could be pathogenic. Sometimes this imbalance causes yeast infections and other issues, which you wouldn’t exactly want to end up eating in the breakfast. It is a bad idea in general to use vaginal bacteria for formation of yoghurt. Even healthy vaginas can be host for organisms that can be problematic if it is cultured.
He also added that he likes the principle of using vaginal bacteria to make yoghurt but it is risky in nature as she doesn’t know what else she is doing and she can end up getting affected by it. The US food and drug administrator said that vaginal secretions are not considered as food and they can transmit human diseases so, a food that contains vaginal secretions or other bodily fluids is considered to be adulterated.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: This article is written by Aishwarya Seetharaman, our intern.