If you’ve ever experienced the pure agony that is a yeast infection, I’m so sorry. If you haven’t, count your blessings, because I’m pretty sure they’re one of (if not the) worst things the female body has to put up with. Sure, PMS is pretty rough, but at least when your period comes, you have an idea of what to expect from your body. Yeast infections aren’t quite as predictable, though, and that’s because there are so many myths about yeast infections floating around the internet that the only thing you can know for sure is that the genital fungal infection makes your vagina itch and your pee burn.
According to the Mayo Clinic, three out of every four women will experience a yeast infection at some point in their lives, and many women experience them at least twice. The most common symptoms of yeast infections, per the medical center, range from an itchy and irritated vagina, a burning sensation whenever you pee or have sex, redness or swelling of the vulva, vagina pain, rash, and — wait for it — a thick, white, slightly chunky discharge resembling cottage cheese. Sounds just peachy, doesn’t it? Cue one massive eye roll.
But generally speaking, the internet shouldn't really be your main source of information when it comes to matters of the female reproductive system. The second you start to feel any of the aforementioned symptoms coming on, it’s in your best interest to call up your OBGYN and make an appointment ASAP. That way, they can diagnose you, figure out where the infection came from, and point you in the direction of a foolproof remedy.
On that note, I am not a doctor, nor am I at liberty to sift through the most common yeast infection myths out there and debunk them one by one. Instead, I reached out to a few experts in the space to debunk a few of them. Here's what they had to say about the BS you've definitely heard before.