Right now, I’m on a book tour for my book Whatís Up Down There? Questions Youíd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend. These days, unless youíre a celebrity, publishers donít pay for a book tour, so Iím blessed that Monistat Ė a product I’ve used and recommended for years Ė is sponsoring my tour of colleges around the United States, where Iím helping to educate young women about their bodies.
Because of this sponsorship, the Owning Pink team has said the word “Monistat” at least 1000 times in the past few months, so much so that one of the women on our team said, “If the law of attraction is true and I keep saying Monistat, do you think the Universe is gonna slap me with a yeast infection?” We all giggled when she followed her comment with “But donít worry. I’ll Candida for the team if I have to!”
Well, she didn’t get a yeast infection, but sure enough, one week before leaving for my book tour, I did! The only other yeast infection I’ve ever had happened 20 years ago, so I had to laugh at the serendipity of the timing. As a gynecologist, what did I do? Well, I got my butt over to the closest CVS and picked up an over-the-counter three day Monistat. 12 hours later — poof! As I knew they would, my symptoms resolved.
What’s a yeast infection?
Almost every woman will experience one at some point in her life because we all have yeast in the vagina. It’s normal to have a few little yeasties floating around in your vaginal flora. Usually, the good bacteria (the lactobacillus) promote vaginal health and keep the yeast at bay. But if your immune system gets weak, antibiotics kill off the good bacteria, you binge on sugar (which yeasties LOVE), or just because, you may wind up with a yeast infection.