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“Hot pants! DIY Gynecology” is a Hot Mess

A few weeks ago someone suggested I take a look at the book Hot Pants! Do It Yourself Gynecology and Herbal Remedies. After reading all 95 pages a more apt title would be From Camelot to the Clap, Ancient Gynecology for a Modern Woman. A Herbalist and a Radio Activist turn Fables into Feminism. Because that, … Continue reading

Valentine’s Day chocolates won’t give you a yeast infection

One of the most common myths that I debunk is the idea that sugar is a common cause of vaginal yeast infections. Whenever I write about this subject there is always one (but often more) person who becomes enraged and tells me “how dare” I write this because they get a yeast infection “immediately” after … Continue reading

GOOP wants you to drink activated charcoal chai. Here’s why it’s crap.

Activated charcoal is one of the latest “wellness” trend and by wellness I mean things that charlatans want you to buy that have no hope of helping you. So yes my friends that leads us directly to GOOP and their latest installment in medical stupidity, activated charcoal chai. This concept is so medical inept I hardly … Continue reading

Some women are treating vaginal yeast infections with garlic. Here’s why you shouldn’t.

Vaginal yeast infections are common, up to 75% of women will have at least one and 5% of women suffer from chronic yeast infections (meaning four or more a year). Many women out of frustration with allopathic medicine (preventing recurrent yeast infections can be challenging) or because of their beliefs turn to alternative medicine options. … Continue reading

Don’t “detox” your vagina or uterus with a bag of herbs in your vagina. Really.

I woke up to someone forwarding this tweet: Your vagina (and your man), will thank you after you use these https://t.co/9Wx4fIEH0m pic.twitter.com/XscBbvmPOh — xoNecole (@xonecole) January 12, 2016     Yes, some company is selling tiny bags of herbs (they call them pearls) to stuff in the vagina for 3 days to cleanse your uterus … Continue reading

When your OTC vaginal yeast medication fails don’t just call for a Diflucan

So you think you have a yeast infection and you buy an over-the-counter (OTC) treatment, but four days later you are still very itchy/irritated/burning like crazy. The next step, for most women, is to call their GYNO and ask for fluconazole, known by many under the brand name Diflucan, or to retreat with a OTC topical. … Continue reading

9 Diagnostic Signs of Snake Oil

Does AZO Yeast work?

Vaginal yeast infections are common, in fact it is normal to have up to 3 a year. They are irritating and inconvenient so I totally understand why people would look for ways to A) prevent them B) soothe the irritation of an infection while you are waiting for medication to kick in. It is also … Continue reading

How to use gentian violet for a vaginal yeast infection

First of all, it is important to understand that there are no studies telling us exactly how to use gentian violet in the vagina. The information below is extracted from a variety of sources and should be considered a “best guess” based on bench research, some clinical experience, anecdotal reports from patients, an assorted collection … Continue reading

What to tell a partner who wants you to remove your pubic hair

A divorced friend of mine who recently started dating was shocked to find that the complete absence of female pubic hair seemed to be an expectation among her potential partners. I’m not surprised, when I was in the dating pool a couple of years back there were men who actually listed full clamscaping required among … Continue reading

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