I’m still having periods in my late forties. Do I still need birth control?
“Absolutely,” says Dr. Mache. “Every year I see a patient who is in her late 40s or older who is surprised by an unexpected pregnancy. If you still have periods, you still need birth control.” Find out 13 more things your vagina wishes you knew.
How can I tell if I have a vaginal infection?
“Discharge that is green, dark yellow, or brown and has a foul odor is most often a sign of an infection and should be reported to your gynecologist,” explains Sheeva Talebian, MD, OB/GYN at CCRM New York and co-founder of Truly-MD. “Most infections are related to sexual intercourse but not always. They can also be caused by a tampon that has been left in too long, a cervical lesion, or poor hygiene. Any change that is not pleasant (in terms of pain, foul smell, color, or consistency) should be checked out!” Dr. Talebian says.