Vaginitis is an inflammation of the vulva and/or vagina. Vaginitis is quite common and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists estimates that as many as one-third of women will experience vaginitis during their lifetime. There are different causes of vaginitis, such as:
Also known as candidiasis, yeast infections are one of the most common vaginal infections that occurs when there is an overgrowth of the naturally-occurring fungus, Candida, in the vagina or the vulva.
A bacterial infection that occurs when there is an overgrowth and imbalance of bacteria that inhabit the vagina.
A microscopic parasite that spreads through sexual intercourse.
A Lack of Estrogen (Atrophic Vaginitis)
Characterized by vulvar/vaginal irritation without abnormal discharge and results from a lack of estrogen due to breastfeeding, menopause, damage to the ovaries, or having the ovaries removed.
In some cases, your partner’s genital chemistry can offset the balance in your vagina and cause vaginitis/vaginosis.
Irritants such as douching, vaginal deodorants, scented feminine products, perfumed bath or hygiene products, lubricants, chemicals in laundry detergents, latex, rubber, spermicide, tight pants, wet bathing suits, or hot tubs can all potentially cause vaginitis.
Did You Know?
Vaginitis can be prevented by avoiding scented feminine hygiene products and perfumed soaps. Your vagina is self-cleaning and these products only disrupt your body’s natural balance. Instead, you should use plain water or mild, unscented soap to clean your vulva.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I have vaginitis?
While vaginitis can only be diagnosed by your gynecologist, you may be affected by vaginitis if you experience any of the following:
- Discoloration, irritation, or swelling of the vulva or vagina
- Itching, burning, or pain of the vulva or vagina
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Peeing more often
- Burning sensation when you pee
- Abnormal vaginal discharge
- Abnormal vaginal odor
To be evaluated for vaginitis, schedule an appointment with Bucks County Women’s Wellness today.
How do gynecologists at Bucks County Women’s Wellness diagnose vaginitis?
At Bucks County Women’s Wellness, our providers will first ask you about your symptoms and medical history. They will also perform a pelvic exam to check for any abnormalities or tenderness. To determine if an infection is present, they may also obtain a sample of vaginal discharge for testing.
How do gynecologists at Bucks County Women’s Wellness treat vaginitis?
At Bucks County Women’s Wellness, we offer a variety of treatments to treat vaginitis. Your exact treatment will depend on a number of factors, such as the cause, severity of symptoms, and whether you’re pregnant. Here are some common treatments for vaginitis:
- Medicated creams to soothe irritation
- Vaginal cream, ring, or tablet that releases estrogen