Hi #Preggos and #GyneGirls!

Has your vagina ever been itchy? Yeast infections- so annoying! Ladies- Yeast aka Candida is always present in and on the body in small amounts. But, when an imbalance occurs, such as when the normal acidity of the vagina changes or when hormonal balance changes, Candida can multiply and cause problems- itching, burning, and cottage cheese like vaginal discharge. Sometimes, Candida infections can be passed from person to person through sexual intercourse. BUT, we don’t consider this a STD. If you are having these symptoms AND are having unprotected sex- which I know you would not because you read my blog- you have to tell your doc because STDs can mimic the same symptoms.

THE NUMBERS

75% of you will have had at least one “yeast infection” in your lifetime. No biggie! It’s treatable. They are common. Just ask your girlfriends?

#Preggos, women with diabetes or weak immune systems, women who take antibiotics or are on steroids are at an increased risk of getting yeast infections. No more silk panties!

Wearing cotton underwear reduces the risk of getting a yeast infection. If you get more than 3 a year, eating probiotics-yogurt- or putting it in the vagina helps prevent more yeast infections.

under a microscope

Your doc will take a sample of the vaginal secretions and looking at the sample under a microscope to see if yeast is present. If so, antifungal vaginal suppositories or creams will be prescribed for you for 3-7 days. You can also take 1 pill just once. Ladies- I know this can be embarrassing. I hear the stories everyday…It’s okay to use over the counter medications to treat your yeast as long as you know for sure it’s a yeast infection. I know you are super busy- don’t have time to come visit me. Using over the counter medications too much can increase the chance that they will eventually not work because the yeast can become resistant to treatment. So….Talk to your doc! By the way, men can also get yeast on their penises- Not likely but it happens. Can you imagine explaining this one to your man? Just wear a condom!!!

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Dr. Draion M. Burch, DO (Dr. Drai) – a highly respected, board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist – is a nationally-recognized author, speaker, consultant, and go-to media expert on women’s health and transgender health issues. He travels the country to meet with women one-on-one and in groups to provide and instruct on healthcare. Although Dr. Drai may be requested to spread his medical expertise to all four corners of the U.S., he always makes time to genuinely help those in need. As a pragmatic physician who offers endless charisma, high energy, and a larger-than-life personality, his “bedside manner” makes it obvious why his patients have named Dr. Drai “America’s OBGYN.” Dr. Drai is the founder and chief medical advisor of DrDrai.com, where he discusses actionable ideas and real-world strategies to help women take control of their health. As an openly gay gynecologist he has patients flocking to him and his website for not only his medical expertise, but because of the security they feel in the way he cares for, relates to, and teaches women about subjects ranging from embarrassing vaginal care to serious sexual assault. His mission: Real medical advice, simplified. Dr. Drai takes his unique brand to the camera on his YouTube channel to spill his popular “Medical T” (TIPS) helping his self-titled #Preggos, #GYNEGirls and #GENTs pursue a healthier life. Dr. Drai’s on-point advice on off-the-wall questions about sexual health issues has many calling him a “sexpert.” Dr. Drai earned his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine degree from The Ohio University and completed his internship and residency at Michigan State University.

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