Question: Is your vaginal yeast the same as the yeast in bread? Is your vagina pretty much a big ol' bread oven?

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  • Personally, I would love it if my vagina could make bread. Something that pops out babies and carbs... What could be better?! Unfortunately (or fortunately?), the yeast that's produced in our vaginas is not the same stuff that's used to make bread. So don't plan on having a bake sale any time soon! Vaginal yeast lives in the vagina naturally. An infection happens when too many yeast cells grow in the vagina, which is actually pretty common.  You can get a yeast infection if the balance of everything down there gets out of whack from antibiotics, pregnancy, or hormone replacement therapy (just to name a few things).

  • Just add flour and -- voila! I'm just kidding. It might sound a bit gross, but all types of yeast are basically fungi. The type used in bread is different than the type that naturally occurs in your body. Vaginal yeast is a strain called Candida albicans. We all have a small amount of it, but an overgrowth can turn into a yeast infection. You can read more about it on WebMD.

  • Nope. Yeast in bread is totally different. Yeast is a category of organisms and there are a bunch of different types found in a bunch of different places. Just like cinnamon and oregano are really different but both spices (along with a ton of others) yeasts found in bread and vaginas are really different but both yeasts. The yeast in the vagina is called Candida and the yeast in bread is Saccharomyces. Although warm and moist like a good bread baking oven, the vagina has the wrong sort of yeast to make a loaf of bread!

    Nope.  Most of the time, cervical cancer is caused by a viral infection gone wrong. Many women get infected with the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) soon after becoming sexually active and the virus actually lives inside the cells of the cervix. The body’s natural defense mechanisms will typically kill the virus off and no harm is done, but occasionally the virus takes over the cells in a way that causes them to become cancerous. You have to get infected with the virus to have problems and tampons can’t transmit the virus.

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