Thursday, April 28, 2011

Not all itchies are the same

You have an itch down there and things seems a little funky. Before you go rushing over to Duane Reade or Walgreens to go buy your Monistat and yogurt, think again! It may not be a yeast infection (YI) causing that icky vagicky, but BV - bacterial vaginosis (yeah, that sounds appealing).

Your lady parts actually have quite a bit of microorganisms that help keep the place clean and happy with yeast and bacteria playing a balancing act of sorts. Sometimes yeast overpowers the bacteria (which is why you sometimes get YI after taking antibiotics), and sometimes the bacteria wins. Treating BV as if it is a YI can in fact make things worse, and make the whole horrid uncomfortable process even longer.

So, if you are feeling like the lady parts down there aren't happy, and it isn't CLEARLY a YI, make an appointment with your doc to get a culture done and have things checked out. It may take a day or two longer for you to figure things out, but in the long run you will save yourself, and your lady parts, a lot of unpleasantness.

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