Find the truth about questions that pique your curiosity in our series, “The Short Answer.” Ob/Gyn Oluwatosin Goje, MD, answers this one about yeast infections and sex.
Vaginal discharge? Find out what normal discharge looks like as well as potential infections and other problems.
The symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection are familiar to many women: itching, irritation, and usually a thick white discharge. It’s easy to simply reach for the anti-fungal treatments. But if these symptoms come back often, or don’t respond to the usual treatments, it’s time to visit a doctor for a firm diagnosis because other conditions can mimic yeast.
We’ve all heard of the purported health benefits of probiotics, but what exactly is it that is supposed to make these healthy little microbes good for you?
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When you suffer from vaginal itching, you want relief fast. Many women assume they have a yeast infection and self-treat with over-the-counter medications. But with so many options at your local drug store, how do you pick the right one? And what if yeast isn’t causing your symptoms?