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A Gynecologist’s Guide to Safeguarding Your Vagina From Myths and Scammers

THERE ARE no good doctors. That was the conclusion of a group of women who came together at a women’s liberation conference at Emmanuel College in 1969 to discuss their relationship to their bodies and their medical providers. Calling themselves the “doctors group,” they began meeting regularly to compare notes on their experiences and sift through medical information themselves. The eventual result was the classic women’s health book “Our Bodies, Ourselves,” which aimed to give women empowering, medically accurate information they couldn’t find anywhere else.

Originally a 193-page-pamphlet, it went on to sell more than four million copies and was translated into 31 languages.…

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 A Gynecologist’s Guide to Safeguarding Your Vagina From Myths and Scammers

In “The Vagina Bible,” Jen Gunter shines a light on age-old myths and wellness fads based in pseudoscience.


It's normal and healthy for a woman of childbearing age to have a vaginal discharge. The amount and colour of the discharge can change during your menstrual cycle, sexual excitement and pregnancy. However, vaginal discharge can also signal infection.

Dr. Marilyn Glenville

The two main infections are caused by either a bacteria (bacterial vaginosis) or by a tiny parasite, known as trichomonas vaginalis.


Many women often mistakenly think they have a "yeast infection" and treat themselves when, in fact, they have a similar vaginal infection that will not respond to self-treatment with over-the-counter yeast medications. A study by the American Social Health Association found that 70% of women self-treated vaginal infections before calling a health care provider. Most often, they incorrectly thought they had a yeast infection when, in fact, it was bacterial vaginosis.


Vulvovaginitis can affect women of all ages and is extremely common. It can be caused by bacteria, yeasts, viruses, and other parasites. Some sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can also cause vulvovaginitis, as can various chemicals found in bubble baths, soaps, and perfumes. Environmental factors such as poor hygiene and allergens may also cause this condition.

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