It Took Doctors Years To Diagnose This Woman With Bacterial Vaginosis, So Now She's Giving Other Women Health Advice On TikTok
If you've ever struggled with getting a spot-on diagnosis, you're not alone.
Whether intentional or not, women have been noticing the gender bias when it comes to medical care. A recent Duke University study shows that one in five women say a healthcare provider has dismissed or ignored their symptoms.
From having symptoms downplayed to being told it's all in their heads, women are often not taken seriously, especially when it comes to reproductive health.
Danielle Stokes is one of many women who have experienced this. She struggled with recurring vaginal itching and odor for years and was told her period, her underwear, or her detergent was to blame. After trying every solution she could think of, Danielle's symptoms persisted, and after four years, she was finally diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis (BV).
Bacterial vaginosis occurs when there is too much of a certain bacteria in the vagina, changing its normal pH balance.
Symptoms can include vaginal discharge, odor, itching, or burning while urinating. Women in their reproductive years are most susceptible to BV, but it can affect women of all ages. While there is no known cause for BV, there is evidence that it may be caused by sexual activity or using new vaginal products.