“It’s just a yeast infection, so you can call in a prescription”iStock/gpointstudio
“Treating problems over the phone, even ones that may seem as minor as a yeast infection, is rarely a good idea. There are other common vaginitis problems that can seem very similar but are vastly different in the way we treat them. Yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, and trichomoniasis share common symptoms of discharge, irritation, itching, and burning. I’ve even found herpes in patients who were sure it was ‘just a yeast infection.’ Most gynecologists and other women’s health care providers will squeeze you in for a quick visit to make sure you get the right treatment.” Steven A. Rabin, MD
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“If I want to have a baby I should have sex when I’m ovulating!”iStock/AleksandarNakic
“Most women think, incorrectly, that intercourse should be timed after ovulation. But to maximize your chances of conception you should be having sex right before you ovulate.” Mary Jane Minkin, MD, a clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at the Yale School of Medicine
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