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What does mainstream medicine say about blue waffle disease?

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The supposed sexually transmitted disease known as blue waffle disease does not exist, according to About Health. The myth has been perpetuated on the Internet, possibly to police female sexuality, and there is no sexual act that can turn a woman's external sex organs blue.

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The blue waffle myth holds that a woman's vulva and vagina may turn blue if she has too much sex, but many sources claim that the disease does no affect men, states About Health. One possible origin of the fake disease arose from images of women's vulvae after the application of gentian violet, a natural remedy for vaginal yeast infections that stains the skin a purple hue. Although sex cannot turn the vagina blue, women should look at their genitals on occasion to watch out for changes in appearance, such as sores or bumps. These changes can signal a real sexually transmitted infection that may require medical treatment. Practicing safe sex cannot completely eliminate the risk of transmission.

Other symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection include painful urination, vaginal discharge, changes in menstrual bleeding and pain during sexual intercourse, according to Mayo Clinic. Symptoms vary depending on the condition, and many cases of sexually transmitted infections present no symptoms.

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