Vaginitis is a term used to describe multiple conditions that cause infection or inflammation of the vulva or vagina.
Caused by a change in the normal balance of bacteria and yeast that live in the vagina.
As many as one-third of women will get vaginitis at some point in their lives. That’s why vaginitis is the #1 reason women see a gynecologist.
What Can Cause Vaginitis
- Sexual Intercourse
- Hormonal changes related to pregnancy, breastfeeding or menopause
3 Most Common Vaginal Infections that Cause Vaginosis
- Bacterial Vaginosis is caused by an overgrowth of bacteria that normally live in your vagina.
Symptoms – Grayish-white or yellow discharge, “fishy” odor (strongest after sex), painful urination, soreness, inflammation and itching around the vagina
Treatment – Antibiotics
- Yeast Infection is caused by an overgrowth of fungus, which is usually found in the vagina in small numbers.
Symptoms – White, cottage cheese-like discharge, odor, painful urination, redness and swelling of the vulva, painful urination, pain during sex
Treatment – Prescription or over-the-counter medication
- Trichomoniasis -Trich – is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the microscopic parasite
Symptoms – Greenish-yellow frothy discharge, foul-smelling odor, soreness, inflammation and itching around the vagina, painful urination, pain during sex
Vaginosis is extremely common and can be easily treated with antibiotics. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should see a gynecologist remedy the situation.
How To Prevent Vaginosis
- Avoid douches and feminine hygiene sprays
- Avoid tight-fitting pants or shorts
- Eat plain yogurt
- Take Vitamin D
- Use condoms during sex
- Use pads instead of tampons
- Wear cotton panties
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