Dr. Goldstein explains why women should not rely on over-the-counter yeast infection treatments.
Women frequently self-diagnose yeast infections based on the symptoms of itching and burning of the vulva. Unfortunately, when a woman has itching and burning in the vulva and even has cottagy cheesy discharge, she is very frequently, she very infrequently has a yeast infection. In fact, only about a third of the time when a woman has itching, burning, and cottagy cheesy discharge that she had an isolated yeast infection.
So I would encourage women to not use over-the-counter yeast preparations, even if they think they are sure that they have a yeast infection because, again, very frequently they don’t have a yeast infection.
About Dr. Goldstein, M.D.:
Dr. Andrew T. Goldstein, M.D., graduated from the University of Virginia and the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He pursued his internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Beth Israel Medical Center. After completing his residency, Dr. Goldstein moved to Annapolis, Maryland and started the Sexual Wellness Center which is devoted to the treatment of female sexual dysfunction. In 1999, he joined the faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and became the Director of The Centers for Vulvovaginal Disorders in Washington, D.C. and New York City in 2002.