Dr. Bobby Egemba, a medical doctor identified as @aproko_doctor on Twitter has shared a very educative piece on the real causes of vaginal infections. While noting that there are different types of vaginal infections, the doctor insisted that none of them is caused by using the toilet.
According to him, the practices of many women around their private parts cause these infections. He noted that women should ensure that they see a doctor when they have an infection rather than self-medicating.
The doctor also listed what to do to avoid these infections.
“Toilet infection” is a misleading term for a group of conditions referred to as vaginitis, which result in itching, vaginal discharge which is usually smelly. Now there are 3 main causes;
1. Bacterial Vaginosis 2. Candidiasis 3. Trichomoniasis
NONE of them are gotten from the toilet!
Some will swear it started right after they used a public toilet but it usually starts long before that “toilet” is used and can be attributed to the vaginal practices of the owner. I just saw someone advocating for toothpaste to be used.
Your vagina has bacteria living in it already, let’s call it good bacteria, known as lactobacilli, that’s what makes the vagina acidic, and acidic is good at least for the vagina. As long as these guys are in charge, you are in the clear at least.
Now there are other bacteria outside, on your skin, from your anus, on that person’s finger, on that cucumber, didlo etc. That want to overpower the good bacteria. It’s a War!!!! Remember it’s all about balance
Now some people erroneously think that washing inside the vagina makes it cleaner… Some even buy some pearl nonsense, it doesn’t! Rather it kills off the good bacteria and allows the bad bacteria to grow everywhere. The cookie begins to smell fishy.
Leave the vagina alone! It knows how to do its job by itself. It can clean itself, if you must clean, clean just the surface with running water, avoid washing inside, and avoid harsh soaps. They just make things worse…
You might decide to try out a new sexual partner, Gbam! Or use an intrauterine device or abuse antibiotics anyhow, they make it easier for you to get what I’m describing above… Known as bacterial vaginosis. It is NOT a sexually transmitted disease.But it’s associated with sex. You dig? Especially multiple sexual partners.
Let’s go to Candidiasis, the itch is usually not ignored, plus the whitish milkish discharge. This is caused by an overgrowth of a fungus known as Candida. Especially when the area is damp for long, it can also be caused by abusing antibiotics, pregnancy, diabetes or even HIV….Or the same practices I outlined above. Leave the vagina alone! The discharge from this may not always smell bad.
The last one, Trichomoniasis, is sexually transmitted… Yes, you don’t get it from the toilet. Can also be spread by oral sex, anal sex. The discharge is smelly too, bad, watery, and associated with itching. Gives off a discharge and foul smell. How do you prevent all of these…
1. Avoid multiple sexual partners.
2. always test your sexual partner and yourself for STIs.
3. Wear dry cotton panties.
4. G-strings should not be worn for long periods.
5. Avoid douching
6. Stop abusing antibiotics.
7. Use condoms
8. Don’t share sex toys
The toilet however can cause UTI in some ladies, it’s different from a vaginal infection. Sometimes the backsplash of WATER in the toilet bowl to you when pooing or when cleaning can infect your urinary tract and lead to a UTI.
If you have a vaginal discharge, do not just rush to the drug store and start abusing drugs, see a doctor to rule out other causes I think I should point out here that poorly treated pelvic infections can affect fertility in the future, make sure you get PROPER TREATMENT.”
"Toilet infection" is a misnomer for a group of conditions referred to as vaginitis, which result in itching, vaginal discharge which is usually smelly
Now there are 3 main causes
NONE of them are gotten from the toilet!
— Aproko Doctor (@aproko_doctor) October 3, 2019