By Risa Kerslake, November 2, 2021

According to Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH, FACOG, who is double board-certified in OB-GYN and Maternal-Fetal Medicine, DIV is a form of vaginitis that seems to happen mainly in Caucasian women around the time of menopause. Basically, the skin around and in the vagina is inflamed, but it’s not actually an infection—such as with a yeast infection. It’s also not contagious. However, it does disrupt that careful balance of bacteria in your vagina. If you were to look under a microscope, you’d see lots of white blood cells from the inflammation, and not very many lactobacilli, the bacteria you want to be there. You know, the bacteria that’s found in probiotic supplements and yogurt.

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