This Enterprising Woman Is Making Sourdough Bread Using Yeast From Her Vagina

Yeast infections suck, but you know what they say — when life gives you an overgrowth of yeast in your vagina, you might as well make use of it. When feminist blogger Zoe Stavri woke up one morning with a yeast infection, she took matters into her own hands, and mixed some of the yeast from her body — harvested with a dildo — with water and flour to make a sourdough starter.

“It all started with a fatal combination of a slightly perverse sense of humour, a keenly scientific mind, and touch of the thrush,” she writes on her blog Another Angry Woman, Naturally, because  the idea of bodily fluids in baked goods makes some people very, very upset, Stavri has gotten her share of criticism. But not to worry, any health concerns about the safety of consuming food made with vaginal yeast are minimal, she writes:

First things first, any bacteria which lives in your warm soft parts lives there because it likes to be warm. Body temperature warm. It dies outside of that temperature range. However, let’s assume for the sake of argument that my vagina harbours a strain of bacteria that thrives equally in the ~37°C environment of my cunt as it does at the ~22°C of my kitchen, inside a bowl of flour and water. Were this the case, it still wouldn’t matter. I’m making fucking bread. You cook bread. All of the bread will reach the bacteria-murdering threshold of >70°C for long enough to kill anything that had survived.

Body yeast as food product isn’t new. Remember Beard Beer, brewed with the yeast from a brewmaster’s goddamn face? And earlier this year, a woman made yogurt from her vaginal yeast and ate it with some blueberries. There’s always an immediate, knee-jerk reaction to things like this because vaginas and bodily fluids are gross and scary and women’s nether-regions should be clean and smooth and anodyne, like a Barbie, but scented like strawberries, right? As for Stavri, she hasn’t baked the bread just yet. The sourdough starter still has a couple days to go, but you can follow her progress on Twitter.

[Cosmopolitan]