Condoms: a strategy for recurrent bacterial vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a condition in which the normal hydrogen peroxide producing lactobacilli in the vagina are depleted, resulting in an overgrowth of anaerobic bacteria, Gardnerella, and Mycoplasma. In other words, the good bacteria (which are the gate keepers and control the vaginal ecosystem) are replaced by the bad bacteria. BV causes an annoying, […]

Vaginal wind – what’s the cause of queefing?

As a pelvic floor and vaginitis expert I am referred several patients a year who have concerns about excessive vaginal wind. It is unknown how many women have this concern as many don’t discuss it out of embarrassment. Physical manipulation causes air to move in and out of the vagina (for example with intercourse or with […]

Will I get a yeast infection if I eat too much sugar?

You’ve just finished (or are perhaps still involved) with the consumption of calorie laden holiday treats and are now wishing that you didn’t eat that second third slice of pecan pie, never mind God knows how many Christmas cookies. While some might pause to reflect on waistlines or thighs, your main concern is your vagina. Is […]

Is marijuana associated with yeast infections?

Approximately 5% of women are affected by recurrent vaginal yeast infections, meaning 4 or more yeast infections in a 12 month period of time. At any given time 20-25% of women have yeast in their vagina, but no symptoms. Over a 1-year period of time 70% of women will have yeast at some point. This […]

Why shouldn’t you douche? Because the vagina is like a self-cleaning oven.

The folks at Summer’s Eve seem determined to convince women that douching is needed. This latest ad (see below) says some of the reasons are that the vagina is the cradle of life and men have fought and died for it. And of course, my favorite, douching is showing the vagina a little love. However, douching isn’t […]