“There was one standup routine I used to do about thrush or candida [yeast infections]. I used to do a lot about sexually transmitted diseases. I don’t know about now but in the old days, when you got candida, you could sometimes treat it with natural yogurt. One of my gags was about sending my boyfriend out to get yogurt for the disease he had given me and him coming back with tropical-fruit-and-nut flavor, which just wasn’t what was needed. That used to get quite a big laugh. … I think I was a fairly militant feminist at the time and I wanted to do material about the sexually transmitted diseases and them being largely to do with blokes who hadn’t washed themselves properly. The question of male hygiene was high on my list. I used to do a whole bit about how to wash your penis actually.”
Emma Thompson used to be a standup comedian before she became an actress? Who knew? I wish Vanity Fair had asked her to tell the joke about how to wash a penis. Some men still need help with that. (Although I really must correct Emma here: yeast infections can be passed from men to women, but the spread of STDs has nothing to do with washing properly!) [Vanity Fair] [Image via Getty and Shutterstock]
I went to the gyno yesterday and learned something very interesting. Acidophilus, a probiotic that helps promote healthy bacteria in the body, is not only important for good digestion, but it is also very good for preventing yeast infections. While yeast infections can happen at any time of the year for many different reasons, they’re extremely prevalent in the summer because of the heat and frequent sweating in the lower region. Birth control pills and antibiotics are also known to be popular causes of what Amelia likes to call “the crotch monkeys.” In order to prevent the yeastie beasties, my doctor suggested that I ingest a live culture acidophilus capsule once daily. He also said that if I am going swimming, will be in very hot and sweaty conditions, or if I need to take antibiotics, then I should insert one capsule vaginally at nighttime to promote healthy bacteria in my body. I’ve tried this technique to treat a yeast infection and it worked, but you should check with your doctor first. After the jump, find a couple ways that you can take acidophilus to help your digestive tract as well as your vagina. Keep reading »
“The skin around my vagina itches a lot. I’ve taken a look and there doesn’t seem to be any rash or visible problems of any sort – what could be the problem?” — Snatch Attack, via email
Most likely you have a yeast infection, especially if you’re experiencing abnormal discharge (white and clumpy). However, a yeast infection is only one possibility if you’re experiencing vaginitis, a term used to describe infections or inflammations of the vagina. Aside from yeast infections, vaginitis can be caused by antibiotics, excessive alcohol consumption, and allergies. A lot of women think they have yeast infections when they’re really allergic to latex condoms.
Before you head to the pharmacy to get an over-the-counter medicine (such as Monistat) make an appointment with your OBGYN to get an exam.
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