Oncology & Cancer

Douching: more harmful than helpful

(HealthDay)—Douching is the age-old practice of using a solution to attempt to clean the vagina, but there's only downsides to it.

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Women's wellness: vaginal yeast infections

A vaginal yeast infection is a fungal infection that causes irritation, discharge and intense itchiness of the vagina and the vulva - the tissues at the vaginal opening. It's a type of vaginitis, or inflammation of the vagina. ...

Medications

FDA: Fluconazole linked to increased miscarriage risk

(HealthDay)—Doctors should use caution when prescribing the antifungal drug fluconazole (Diflucan) during pregnancy because it may raise the risk of miscarriage, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.

Medical research

Bacteria may contribute to premature births, STDs

(Medical Xpress)—New research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis points to a common species of bacteria as an important contributor to bacterial vaginosis, a condition linked to preterm birth and increased ...