An Inflammatory Subject
As something that not many women feel free to discuss, vaginitis causes and symptoms are not widely known, and it can often go unaddressed and undiagnosed in the many women who do suffer from the medical condition. When it comes to actually asking the question, “What is vaginitis?” and learning about vaginitis symptoms, the best source of information is a urogynecologist or other specialist in feminine health.
Vaginitis is actually an inflammation of the vagina, and most often, women with vaginitis experience itching, burning, pain, and unusual discharge. How it is ultimately treated will depend on the exact causes, which means that properly diagnosing it and identifying both the type of vaginitis as well as any underlying factors is essential; and a physician will need to be aware of the patient’s medical history as well as any symptoms they may be suffering.
Sending Out a Flare
In addition to the itching, burning, pain, and discharge associated with the condition, vaginitis symptoms also include:
- Pain during urination
- Pain during intercourse
- Genital discomfort
- Inflammation of the genital area, with noticeable redness and swelling
- Marked changes in vaginal odor
Females of all ages and lifestyles may suffer from vaginitis, though some may be more susceptible than others to certain types. These types include:
- Atrophic vaginitis, which typically occurs when a woman has gotten older and gone through menopause. During this time in her life, the lining of the vagina thins due to decreases in estrogen levels, which in turn causes the vaginal lining to become more vulnerable to inflammation or irritation.
- Trichomoniasis, which is the sexual transmission of a parasite called Trichonomas vaginalis. The infection may affect the urethra and other areas of the urogenital tract in addition to the vagina.
- Bacterial vaginosis, which occurs when a woman has an overgrowth of the vagina’s natural bacteria.
- Candida albicans, which is triggered by the same yeast-like fungus that causes a yeast infection to develop.
Vaginitis can most accurately be diagnosed after a female pelvic exam has been conducted and samples of discharge have been studied and tested for appearance, pH levels, odor, and the presence of cells specific to the condition. Effective methods of treatment for vaginitis will depend on the cause and may include oral medications or topical applications of antifungal or antibacterial creams and antibiotics.
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