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22 Myths Gynecologists Want You to Ignore

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“It’s just a yeast infection, so you can call in a prescription.”

“Treating problems over the phone, even ones that may seem as minor as a yeast infection, is rarely a good idea. There are othercommon vaginitis problems that can seem very similar but are vastly different in the way we treat them. Yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, and trichomoniasis share common symptoms of discharge, irritation, itching, and burning. I’ve even found herpes in patients who were sure it was ‘just a yeast infection.’ Most gynecologists and other womens health care providers will squeeze you in for a quick visit to make sure you get the right treatment.” Steven A. Rabin, MD, board-certified ob-gyn, Burbank, California. (Plus, here’s what else gynecologists wish you knew about yeast infections.)

“Yogurt will fix a vaginal infection.”

“One of the worst pieces of advice I’ve heard from a patient is one who actually put yogurt into her vagina because a friend told her the probiotics in yogurt would help with her yeast infection. Unfortunately, she used strawberry flavoured! It didn’t work and there’s been no evidence in the literature to prove this to be true.” Nicole E. Williams, MD, gynecologic surgeon and founder of The Gynecology Institute of Chicago.

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