Sexually transmitted infections
So you caught something, huh?
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are those that are passed on through sexual contact, through genital contact or body fluids, including blood. Some vaginal afflictions make it much easier for STIs to infect you, especially bacterial vaginosis (BV).
STIs need to be treated immediately with antibiotics, or in the case of more serious, lifelong infections, with antivirals, immunosuppressants or other herbal, medical or physical therapies.
If you suspect you have an STI, see your doctor or local sexual health clinic immediately to be tested and treated. Don’t have unprotected sex with anyone in the meantime, since you could pass it on.
We look at what your doctor is looking for when they do a wet mount in their office – ask them what they can see!
We review some key elements to keep your vagina safe from infections.
Dequalinium chloride (Fluomizin) is a very solid general antimicrobial used vaginally for infections of all kinds.
Easy reference table for determining your vaginal infection.
We examine the antimicrobial properties of colloidal silver and discuss the possible efficacy of colloidal silver in vulvovaginal infections.
Instructions on making vaginal or rectal suppositories and pessaries.
An old study examines gentian violet’s antimicrobial properties against Gram-negative bacteria.
Secondary dysmenorrhoea is period pain caused by an underlying health condition, and is treated differently to regular period pain.
Gentian violet can be used as a treatment for some vaginal infections. Messy, but great!
Learn about Betadine vaginal applications.
An overview of the use of povidone-iodine (Betadine) vaginally.
Find out what to ask for when you go to the doctor to get tested for BV.
How to deal with an antibiotic-driven yeast infection.
We run you through aerobic vaginitis – different to, but usually mistaken for, BV, with yellow, thick discharge, itching and inflammation.
Genital warts are almost always caused by a variant of the HPV virus.
A study looks into vaginal inflammation, BV and the relationship with HIV transmission.
Treating M. genitalium can be tricky so longer treatments with antibiotics are recommended, with specific types most effective.
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.
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.
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 research into the sexual transmission of H. pylori and how it could be a cause of bacterial vaginosis and urethritis.
Condyloma lata refers to the warts that appear in the secondary form of syphilis.
A look at cervical cancer.
We do not recommend using store-bought milk kefir when treating the vagina. Here’s why.
Viral shedding is where a virus makes virus babies that are popped out of cells, setting out to find their own cells to replicate in, and pop out their own viral babies.
The link between HIV, BV and HSV-2 may not be as it seems.
Ureaplasma is an antibiotic-resistant infection that can affect the urogenital tract of women and men. We discuss its basic components in women.
Learn about Gram staining and how it’s used to figure out what’s living in your vagina.
Warning for anyone having protected sex in Chile!
Ever wondered what made your vagina smell like fish? We explain.
Itchy? Learn some possible causes of vulvar itching.
This is the complete guide to catching an STD on purpose.
The Gardasil vaccine is used in boys and girls up to age 26 to protect against various HPV strains.
Granuloma inguinale is an STI caused by a bacteria, and causes lumps that turn into sores in the genital area.
Goldenseal is one of our favourite microbe-managing herbs.
It’s pretty hard to get an STD from kissing alone.
Passing on infections is easy, and yes, you can catch an STD from rubbing genitals. Lots of them, actually.
She’s had an abnormal smear result and two biopsies, and she wants recommendations on remedies to help before her test results.
She has bloating, gas, and a sore lower back, all from first-time sex. What’s happening?
Behçet syndrome is a complex, mysterious disease that presents with ulcerations across the body – mouth, genitals, vascular system.
Getting an STI test is a good idea, especially if you (or your partner) likes sex with more than one person.
Some STIs are more common in lesbians and bisexual women than heterosexual women. We discuss why.
Pap tests are done periodically to check your cervix for abnormal changes that could lead to cervical cancer.
Pubic lice – crabs – are an infestation of the pubic hair with a small louse. They are reasonably easy to treat, but can be persistent.
Congenital syphilis is completely treatable, but untreated, can cause serious and permanent health problems.
Syphilis is an old-fashioned STD that has largely been eradicated due to antibiotics. However, you can still catch it.
Small fingerlike projections from the vulva (labia minora or vestibule) that may or may not be related to HPV infection.
She has a dry patch on her labia that is really itchy and irritated, and won’t go away.
A 26-year-old has ongoing yeast and bacterial issues and wants help to solve it.
Chancroid is an uncommon STI that causes painful genital sores. Testing is not standardised but antibiotics cure it.
A woman’s BV symptoms disappear with an elimination diet and other treatments under the guidance of her naturopath. See what she’s doing.
Is this lump herpes, a sebaceous cyst, an ingrown hair, or a pimple? We discuss.
An 18-year-old has tears and is scared that it might be herpes.
Lymphogranuloma venereum is an STI related to chlamydia that causes sores and blisters.
A woman has a red spot on her clitoris after sex. What is it?
Urethritis simply means inflammation of the urethra, and has many causes.
Pre-cancerous vulvar cells – symptoms, treatments, outcomes
Did this woman catch Gardnerella off her partner?
What’s this itch all about?
A woman with frequent infections – UTIs, yeast, BV, an STI – has some white spots on her inner upper labia.
Sex wounds – how to treat them, and how to never get them again.
Gynoflor is a combination of oestrogen and lactobacilli used to repopulate the vagina after treatment for infections.
Pain still exists after genital wart removal.
Choosing the right birth control is hard.
What’s available, how much and where from.
The female condom IS an option!
Men having sex with women with BV usually have G. vaginalis infection. Here’s what to do.
A girl tries to discover if she has an infection or not.
There are numerous reasons why your cervix may be inflamed, and none of them are fun.
Who wants to have sex with the disabled person? We do! Drop the stigma and get laid.
Mycoplasma genitalium infection causes urinary tract symptoms and is not routinely checked for in all countries.
A woman has a torn perineum, but doesn’t know why.
Choosing the right lube for the job is important.
A perineoplasty is vaginal surgery to correct a damage, defect, or deformity on the perineum, in between the vagina and anus. Common issues resolved by a perineoplasty are: Untoned vaginal tissue (loose vagina) Vaginal itching Damaged perineum (possibly from...
Condoms aahhh yawwwn … Learn how to make condoms work for you, not the other way around.
Find out which species of vaginal microflora your racial background has.
The risk of transmission to your baby depends on the circumstances regarding your own infection. Get the facts.
HPV and genital warts require some explanation – understand the differences here.
The causes of vaginitis vary. This list provides symptoms and causes.
Herpes is for life, but it isn’t a life sentence. Find out how to manage herpes and get on with your life.
Gonorrhoea is a dangerous STI because you can often have no symptoms, but invisible damage.
We talk HIV, and how it can affect your vagina.
Learn about chlamydia.
Think you have something? Check this list and see if you could actually be experiencing a different kind of problem.
Trichomonas can cause similar symptoms to BV, but needs to be ruled out before you can treat BV on its own.
This quiz will tell you if you have BV or a yeast infection. If you don’t know what to look for, it can be confusing.
BV has been found in male semen and urine samples. It is sexually transmissable between women and men.
Fact of life: those with BV get more STIs.