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Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the most common vaginal infection in women.  It is characterized by vaginal fishy odor, vaginal discharge (usually thin, gray or white or even greenish) and irritation and/or burning and/or itching.  Women and practitioners can easily conclude incorrectly that the symptoms are due to a yeast infection, but a test of vaginal […]

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Yeast vaginitis, aka vulvovaginal candidiasis, is the second most common vaginal infection in women.  The most common is bacterial vaginosis.  The infection most often causes discharge and itching of the local area.  Candida albicans is the most common species, but not the only species.  This is relevant because in cases that are chronic or frequently […]

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I realized that until recently, I held the typical stereotype of a person who is a “migrant”, to be in the large majority, male. Stories and photographs on migrant workers in all parts of the world with their hard labor working and living conditions contributed to this stereotype. While many human migrations are still dominated […]

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Douching is quite common among US women, especially African American women, despite previous research demonstrating negative health outcomes such as pelvic inflammatory disease and ectopic pregnancy. In the current prospective cohort study, researchers investigated whether douching or genital use of talcum powder was predictive of an increased risk for ovarian cancer. This was done in […]

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Pomegranate seeds have been used traditionally in Mediterranean countries and in ancient Ayurveda for a variety of disorders including infertility, insufficient breast milk, hypermenorrhea, and genital pain. Pomegranate seed oil (PSO) mainly contains unsaturated fatty acids such as γ-linoleic acid (Gamma linolenic acid, or GLA) and linolenic acid and phytoestrogens (campesterol, stigmasterol and beta-sitosterol). These […]

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This clinical trial evaluated the effects of treating postmenopausal women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) using Tribulus terrestris. All women received testing including mammography, vaginal ultrasounds, and serum levels of prolactin, thyroid stimulating hormone, total testosterone and sex hormone binding globulin before enrollment. Study participants were randomized to two groups with the treatment group […]

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One of the most common experiences of menopause are the changes that occur on the external genital tissue and intravaginal tissue that can then also affect urinary function. This is called genitourinary atrophy, and most recently coined, genitourinary syndrome of menopause. Symptoms can include one or more of the following: vulvovaginal discomfort, itching, burning, tingling, […]

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Vulvovaginal thinning, known as atrophic vaginitis, or more recently, genitourinary syndrome of menopause, is the thinning and drying of vulvovaginal mucosa associated with lower estrogen levels, often seen in perimenopause and menopause. Symptoms include vulvovaginal discomfort, dryness, burning, itching, and dyspareunia. Intravaginal and/or topical vulvar estrogen is the conventional treatment of choice. Sea buckthorn (Hippophae […]

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