Mycoplasma bacteria are very tiny microbes that lack a cell wall, but instead have a unique cell membrane not found in other microbes or viruses. In fact Mycoplasma species were once thought to be viruses they were so small, and could fit through bacterial filters....
An enzyme present in vaginas with BV breaks down the mucous layer so the bacteria can adhere to the vaginal cells.
A study looked at the effectiveness of using boric acid suppositories as well as an antibiotic for removal of the bacterial biofilm that causes recurrent bacterial vaginosis.
Asexuality is the absence of sexual attraction – not the absence of sex, love, or romance.
Chitosan was much more effective at disrupting biofilms (in the lab) than polycarbophil gels.
P. bivia is associated with BV and the higher pH found in BV-affected vaginas.
Allen-Masters syndrome is characterised by pelvic pain caused by trauma.
Fox-Fordyce disease is a benign sweat gland condition that can affect the groin and genitals.
Vulvar folliculitis is an inflamed, infected hair follicle on the vulva.
Vulvar or vaginal endometriomas are painful cysts that occur due to endometriosis.
Proteus infection ranges from a simple UTI to sepsis, and requires immediate, thorough treatment.
We run through the gist of hormone replacement therapy and hormone treatments for women.
If you are skinny, smoke, eat too much fibre or over-exercise, you could be at risk of your periods stopping due to relative oestrogen deficiency.
Treating M. genitalium can be tricky so longer treatments with antibiotics are recommended, with specific types most effective.
Circumcised penises result in less infection issues in female sexual partners.
There appears to be a relationship between Mycoplasma hominis and Gardnerella vaginalis.
A study has found a strong association between BV and M. genitalium.
There are some key elements to what you put in your mouth and how it affects your oestrogen levels.
Treating endometriosis can be tricky, with a handful of medical and naturopath treatment strategies, often used in combination.
Period pain can have a specific cause, but treatment varies depending on what’s going on with you – it’s not always as it seems.
This is a genetic blip that flips the tables on a person’s sexual characteristics from birth.
We discuss ovotesticular DSD and its outcomes in children.
Dermatographia is an allergy to friction or touch, with severe itching and possibly red welts appearing on the vulva.
An ovarian endometrioma is where menstrual blood and endometrial cells find their way into the ovary, developing a problematic cyst over time.
A dermoid cyst is a growth in the ovary that contains hair, teeth, bone, and other tissue.
Here we list the examples of benign ovarian masses, either tumours or cysts.
A cystadenoma is a (generally) benign tumour on one or both ovaries.
A corpus luteum cyst is most often a benign cyst caused by ovulation that will resolve itself over a period of weeks.
We discuss the uses of vaginal dilators, including recommendations by experts on how to use dilators.
Vaginal stenosis (narrowing of the vagina) due to cancer treatments can cause sexual problems.
Study: OVERcome (olive oil, vaginal exercise and moisturiser) – alleviating sexual problems in women with breast cancer
A combination of olive oil, vaginal moisturiser and pelvic-floor relaxation exercises was tested and works well for women suffering sexual problems after breast cancer treatments.
Review: Jarro-Dophilus Women probiotic with L. crispatus, L. jensenii, L. gasseri and L. rhamnosus – 5bn, 10bn CFUs
Jarrow has finally burst the L. crispatus bubble with their new probiotic product for women.
Mullerian cysts are caused either by an anatomical hiccup or appear after trauma to the vagina like childbirth.
Scleroderma is an autoimmune condition that can affect the vulva.
There are two main types of ovarian cancers, with survival rates variable depending largely on what stage the cancer is discovered at.
We take a closer look at uterine sarcomas (uterine cancers).
A yeast allergy can manifest in the vagina and vulva causing itching and burning, and being totally missed by your doctor.
Squamous cell vulvar cancers are becoming less lethal as treatments improve.
Vulvar cancers are reasonably rare for the most part, but usually get diagnosed late, making vulvar cancer more deadly than it ought to be.
Vulvar and vaginal melanoma is a rare form of gynaecological cancer.
Pemphigus vulgaris is an autoimmune condition that affects the mucous membranes, and can be fatal.
An obstructed uterine horn is an anatomical abnormality whereby the uterus is not connected properly with the cervix and vaginal tissues.
This bacterial infection can cause urethritis, vaginal bleeding, inflammation and vaginitis.
Mucous membrane pemphigoid is an autoimmune condition that affects mucous membranes, including those of the vulva.
Kallmann syndrome is a genetic disorder characterised by no sense of smell and late/no puberty.
Intertrigo is a skin rash that has a few different causes, from infections to inflammation.
The hymenal ring and tags can be a source of discomfort, pain and embarrassment for some women.
Hirsutism is excess hair growth in a male pattern, in women, typically due to excess androgens.
A molar pregnancy is characterised by a positive pregnancy test, but the growing foetus is actually a tumour.
PMDS is a disorder of sexual development that only affects males, but results in a person having a uterus and fallopian tubes.
Cauda equina syndrome is a nerve compression or damage issue in the lower spine, resulting in interruptions to bladder and bowel function.
Androgen excess is typically associated with PCOS, but can be due to other conditions of the ovaries, adrenals or pituitary gland.
We take a closer look at how androgens impact the female body and how they work.
Free bleeding is a term used to describe a lack of impediment of menstrual blood – a pad, tampon or menstrual cup – out of the body and into your clothes (or cool period undies!).
Polish women can now get free emergency contraceptive prescriptions from Women on Waves after a short online consultation.
Sometime the excess androgens involved in PCOS are produced by the adrenal glands, not the ovaries. Find out how to deal with adrenal-androgen excess here.
Thyroid problems and PCOS can both interfere with ovulation, causing infertility. How can you tell which you have?
Insulin resistance is where the cells of your body become resistant to the effects of the hormone insulin.
An abortion ship is providing free medical abortions to women in Mexico up until 23 April 2017. Call 755 980 0548 for help.
Guys, you are spreading the bacteria that cause fishy-smelling vaginas around with bareback sex! Here’s the proof, and what to do about it.
Prevotella is a bacteria commonly found in the mouth, but it can also live in the genital tract.
Cervical hypoplasia is an anatomical abnormality that results in a malformed cervix.
Uterine hypoplasia is the undeformed or absent uterus, an anatomical abnormality often found in conjunction with MRKH.
Your urine pH may need to be more neutral – not acidic, not alkaline – to protect against UTIs.
Ever wondered why you can’t figure out how to take your probiotics? We discuss and give you our definitive answer.
We explain what is really behind acne and how to fix it.
Polycystic ovaries are ovaries with many cyst-like structures on them, though whether they are true cysts or not will depend on investigations.
Learning that you have PCOS and may have difficulty conceiving can be a shock and difficult to deal with. Luckily, medical help is not the only way to fall pregnant and your ovaries can return to normal function. We explain.
If you have a loose vag or stress urinary incontinence, or know someone who does, there are now noninvasive (nonsurgical) ways to treat these issues from the cells up.
This study found that numbers of L. crispatus before and after the IUD was inserted were more or less the same.
Hyperreactio luteinalis is a rare, benign ovarian condition often mistaken for ovarian cancer.
Got a lump or bump? We have a short list of lumpy bumpy problems and help you figure out what you should do about it.
Little pearly bumps appeared on your vulva, but you can’t figure out what they are? They could be the virus molluscum contagiosum.
We go over ovarian cysts and explain what they are and how they are treated.
Women with BV more often have an inflamed endometrial lining than those without BV.
How is endometritis different to PID? We discuss what endometritis is and how it’s treated.
We look at a case study and discuss how and why H. pylori could be responsible for your BV.
We look at research into the sexual transmission of H. pylori and how it could be a cause of bacterial vaginosis and urethritis.
A study looks into vitamin C for a treatment for changing the pH of the vagina and restoring healthy microflora in women (including pregnant women).
A new study is seeking participants for a novel lichen sclerosus treatment, PRP.
Worse outcomes were found in women who had the same sex partner before and after BV treatment, but better outcomes in those on oestrogen-based birth control.
A study looks into the difference between BV vaginas and healthy vaginas in terms of metabolites.
This is the surgery to implant mesh into the vagina and pelvis to hold internal organs and the vagina in place.
This procedure involves inserting mesh in a pelvic surgery using a specialised robot, with a surgical team present.
We explain one prolapse repair surgery.
We explain the most common types of vaginal prolapse.
Research: myo-inositol with folic acid improves hirsutism, acne and irregular periods in women with PCOS
A short review of two different research studies showing the benefits of myo-inositol with folic acid for PCOS.
We explain how laser hair removal works if you have unwanted hair caused by hirsutism.
Fixing PCOS – truly fixing it – is a combination effort. We explain.
We explain PCOS in a bit more detail.
How to tell if you have PCOS
A quick tour of boric acid research in the vagina.
A 24-year-old man wants to know how to give his girlfriend a vaginal orgasm. We review some ideas on how to get her there.
We discuss why H. pylori infections – and their medical treatments – can result in BV.
Your questions answered about how the pill works and its side-effects.
Don’t want to take the pill? Weigh up the pros and cons of the alternatives here…
Not sure what is in your contraceptive? Find out here.
Condyloma lata refers to the warts that appear in the secondary form of syphilis.
A brief overview of Darier disease.
A look at cervical cancer.