The One Question Docs Hear Most Often
If I have itching and discharge, do I definitely have a yeast infection?
‘Not necessarily. While these are hallmark symptoms, they could also stem from trichomoniasis (an infection caused by a parasite) or bacterial vaginosis (caused by an overgrowth of certain bacteria). In these cases, over-the-counter antifungal cream can actually make your discomfort worse, so your best bet is to see your gynae for a diagnosis before self-treating.’ -SHERRY ROSS, OB/GYN
Can I get pregnant on my period?
‘It’s possible. Women’s cycles vary, and there’s no easy way to know when your ovaries will drop an egg (you’re most fertile for roughly six days around ovulation). If you have a shorter cycle or a longer period, you could theoretically conceive during your low. To be safe, use BC such as the Pill or condoms every time you have sex (especially because you may be more susceptible to STIs during your period).’ -ANDREA CHISHOLM, OB/GYN
Will the Pill make me infertile?
‘Absolutely not – this is a myth. The Pill shuts down ovulation, but as soon as you stop taking it, your brain and ovaries give your body the green light to start up the process again.’