For women, feminine health issues can be downright be confusing. Listening to friends, family and the internet to self-diagnose your symptoms/issues can cause a greater misinterpretation. Dr. Alyssa Dweck, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor Dept. Ob/Gyn, Mount Sinai School of Medicine shares some common myths about feminine health she hears from patients.
1. If you have an IUD, you can’t use tampons.
Myth! An IUD is placed in the uterus. Attached are fine threads which are usually visible just outside the cervix at the top of the vagina. There is no reason you cannot use a tampon in the vagina when you have an IUD. You will not dislodge or pull out the IUD when removing a tampon.
2. Eating yogurt or inserting a dipped tampon prevent or cure yeast infections
Myth! While yogurt can promote the growth of healthy strains of bacteria in the stomach and intestines it may not keep Candida in check. In fact, flavored yogurts tend to be high in sugar and thus can actually make infection harder to get rid of. Pro-B, is a supplement that contains vaginal specific strains of lactobacilli (L. rhamnosus GR-1™ and L. reuteri RC-14™.) which promote a healthy vaginal environment.
3. Only women who have casual sex can get STDs
Myth! In fact, you only need to be exposed once to one partner who has an infection such as Chlamydia, Herpes or HPV to get infected. Protect yourself with condoms (male or female) dental dams and education.
4. Using lubricant will always help you get pregnant
Myth! In fact, most lubricants might have the opposite effect. Consider a sperm friendly lube like Pre-seed if you are a couple trying to conceive.
5. If you are monogamous, an HPV diagnosis always means someone has cheated
Myth! I am asked this question time and time again by my patients who have a long term monogamous partner only to find they test positive for HPV during routine screening. In fact, exposure may have occurred years back with a prior partner but the virus may have remained dormant.