Published: 15:44 BST, 9 May 2017 | Updated: 15:44 BST, 9 May 2017
She was among the glamorous line-up on Basketball Wives in 2011.
But Laura Govan, former girlfriend of Washington Wizards alum Gilbert Arenas, reveals that moment in the spotlight coincided with the start of a difficult journey.
Having just delivered her fourth child, Govan faced her first real battle with losing weight. She was more than 100lbs over her target weight, and it wouldn't shift.
Amid that struggle, she experienced a chronic unrelenting string of vaginal yeast infections.
Now, it is under control, thanks to an antibiotic regime and an overhauled diet.
But the ordeal to get a diagnosis was so arduous, Govan, 37, is now appearing on The Doctors to share the details of her experience, in a bid to empower other women to understand how to seek treatment.
In an exclusive preview clip shared with DailyMail.com ahead of today's episode, Govan can be seen fielding normally taboo questions about smell and feeling down there.
Speaking out: Laura Govan described her yeast infection pain on The Doctors (pictured)
Govan, 37, appeared on Basketball Wives in 2011 with ex Gilbert Arenas (former point guard for the Washington Wizards). Pictured: left, in June 2014. Arenas, right, in December 2009
And she reveals swapping thongs for white cotton underwear has been a game changer.
'My biggest problem was getting yeast infections because I can't break sugar down,' Govan tells the syndicated daytime TV show.
'There's so much sugar in so many things, and changing my diet... it was hard, it was a struggle.'
She then sits down with the show's gynecologist Dr Nita Landry to explain her symptoms.
'I just wasn't happy. Although everybody else was happy and healthy, I felt uncomfortable and not good. I just didn't feel good,' Govan says.
Dr Landry asks her the crucial question that all women face when they go to their gynecologist with itching: 'Is there a smell associated with it?'
'Well for me... I don't go around smelling like salmon croquette! Like I'm not... you know, I'm fresh,' Govan said.
'But, there's still like... you know when you start rubbing? And the smell?' she says, rubbing her thumb and fingers together and holding it up to her nose.
'I don't go around smelling like salmon croquette! But, there's still like... you know when you start rubbing? And the smell?' Govan says, rubbing her thumb and fingers together (pictured)
HOW LAURA BEAT YEAST INFECTIONS
White cotton underwear is advised for women prone to yeast infections to keep the area dry.
Bacteria and fungi thrive in moist areas.
Thongs are also advised against, given that they can move, possibly transferring bacteria from the rectum to the vagina.
EATING LESS SUGAR
'I can't even eat a Starburst,' Govan insists.
It may not be an exaggeration. Yeast infection sufferers struggle digesting sugar, which harbors in their body and feeds fungal infections.
That means eating less processed foods and less fruit.
'I just drink a lot of water to flush out all the toxins,' Govan told the show.
Water helps you urinate more frequently to get rid of the sugars that feed yeast infections.
EATING MORE GREENS
People prone to yeast infections need a diet higher in fiber and protein, with fewer carbs and fruits, that contain a lot of sugar.
A great option is steamed vegetables, including broccoli, celery, radishes, asparagus, onions, ginger, garlic, cabbage, turnips and kale.
'It's like anything - if you start rubbing cottage cheese after a while it's like, it's smells like a little cardboard with a little hint of, you know, something.'
Dr Landry nods.
The smell is a key part of diagnosing a yeast infection over other conditions, which have similar symptoms.
Bacterial infections, such as bacterial vaginosis, can cause pain and itching and a fishy vaginal discharge.
In some cases, women are irritated by their underwear or have eczema in that area.
Yeast infections, however, are characterized by a discharge that is similar in smell and consistency to cottage cheese.
The problem, Dr Landry explains, is that many women aren't aware of these differences, rush to get treatment for a yeast infection, and don't tackle the underlying problem.
And, she warns, there are different strains of yeast, which might not respond to certain kinds of yeast infection treatments.
'A lot of people will just call the doctor's office and they'll get a prescription for a vaginal yeast infection without being properly diagnosed,' she says.
'So it's important for women to go in, and have a swab, so that your doctor look at the swab under the microscope to make sure we're treating the appropriate thing.'
Govan agrees: 'I knew it would be a yeast infection because I would have it - like, my first one I had it for like a village, and I was like... ok, oh my god.'
Struggling: 'I just wasn't happy. Although everybody else was happy and healthy, I felt uncomfortable and not good. I just didn't feel good,' Govan said of her days on the show
Feeling better: Now, after overhauling her diet and starting yoga, Govan has lost weight and beaten her reoccurring infections. Pictured, left, in 2011 on the show and, right, in April 2017
Dr Landry: 'It was the cottage cheese discharge?'
'Yeah, it was like "oh god, what's happening here?",' Govan said.
'And then, when I went in we did the whole swabbing, we did the whole gammit, but I feel like - you're right - if it's not diagnosed properly and treated properly they're reoccurring.
'It's like, let's deal with the issue - I don't want to see you again.'
Her diet now mainly consists of greens, apples, and less sugar.
She has also stopped wearing thongs.
'Oooo them thongs boy! Won't they do it, won't they do it,' she says to Dr Landry as they discuss the virtues of white cotton underwear.
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