What Is Vaginitis? Four Common Types

What Is Vaginitis? Four Common Types

Vaginitis is actually a common problem in the United States. Also, it is most present in women who have diabetes.

Vaginitis involves inflammation in the vaginal area due to infection or an improper balance in vaginal bacteria. Those who experience symptoms complain about pain, unusual discharge and itching.

Four Common Types of Vaginitis

There are a few kinds of vaginitis types that people can have.

Here are the four most common types:

  • Candida albicans: In other words, a yeast infection
  • Atrophic vaginitis: Menopause causes estrogen levels to decrease, thinning the vaginal lining and making it more susceptible to uncomfortable inflammation
  • Bacterial vaginosis: Too much bacteria grows in the vagina and causes a poor imbalance
  • Trichomoniasis: A curable, sexually-transmitted disease (STD) is caused by a parasite

Dr. Helliwell can conduct a physical examination and may take a discharge sample to help determine the cause of your symptoms.


Vaginitis Signs and Symptoms

Vaginitis varies from person-to-person and can be extremely mild or intensely painful.

Here is a list of some of the most common symptoms:

  • Irregular bleeding
  • Itching in the vaginal region
  • Uncomfortable intercourse
  • Painful urination
  • Increased discharge that’s different in odor and color

When should you visit your doctor if you feel like you have this condition?

It’s important to see your doctor whenever you have any of these symptoms, especially if you’ve never had vaginitis before. If you try to treat symptoms with over-the-counter yeast infection medication and it doesn’t improve or eliminate your symptoms, call Dr. Helliwell’s office.

If you have a new sexual partner, experiencing these vaginitis symptoms could signify transmission of an STD.

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