As common as bacterial vaginosis (BV) is, no one likes to talk about it. And why would they want to? It’s an overgrowth of bacteria in the vagina that upsets the pH balance and can lead to a fishy smell, abnormal discharge, itching, and/or burning during urination. But there is one woman who decided to share her experiences with BV on TikTok and has garnered an audience of women who can also relate.
Roxanne Ramsey made a TikTok video venting her frustrations about BV after a doctor’s appointment, and from there she has continued to share stories and provide tips on treating BV, yeast infections, and UTIs.
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Roxanne spoke with YahooLife about the outpouring of support she has received since being open about her struggles. “I was really frustrated with the doctor," she said, "and after the appointment, I made a TikTok just to express my frustration."
In her initial video, she shared how her doctors didn’t believe that she was getting BV from having sex, something she was dealing with for years. She ultimately went to see a specialist that validated her suspicions and has since received the proper treatment.
From there, Roxanne began sharing tools and advice for her followers to help other women going through the same things.
"I just want to open the conversation so that everybody can be open to talk about it,” she said. “If you have a discharge, and you don't know what it is, you're comfortable enough to comment in the comments and say, 'Hey, guys, I got a green discharge. Is it just me or is it normal?'"
Some of her videos include how you can do an at-home BV test, how to advocate for yourself at the doctor’s office, and her favorite products to use.
One of the tips she seems to share often in her videos is for women to see a UroGYN and test for ureaplasma, which is a bacteria that is found in the urinary or genital tract that is commonly passed through sex.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that non-white women have the highest rates of BV with Black women accounting for 51%. Some of the causes of BV are sex with a new partner or multiple partners, not using a condom, and douching.
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