1. When it comes to STIs, women are anatomically incorrect.
Your man isn’t the only one who enjoys the warmth and moisture of your sexual anatomy. Bacteria and fungi thrive in areas like the vagina that are perfectly suited for their growth. This means that even the most hygienic, sexual health conscious woman will probably experience a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis (BV) at some point in her life and it doesn’t even have to be sexually related.
Women are also more likely to misdiagnose themselves. Since BV and yeast infections share the same symptoms, they are easily confused. Traditional use of douches and vaginal ointments only increase this risk. In fact, they are treated completely differently. BV is a bacterial infection treated with a prescribed antibiotic, while a yeast infection is an overgrowth of fungus that can be treated with an over-the-counter product such as Monistat. Lastly, since men should never have anything but urine or semen come out of the penis, discharge can be a red flag of a problem. But since women experience discharge regularly, they often ignore changes that can signal a possible infection. Some women even confuse STI-related abdominal pain with menstrual cramps. It’s important to regularly view your sexual anatomy when it’s healthy, so you’re better able to detect when something seems off.