Awareness of Vaginal Infections and Vaginitis

The most common vaginal infections are bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis, and vulvovaginal candidiasis. Some vaginal infections are transmitted through sexual contact, but others such as candidiasis (yeast infections) are not. Vaginal infections are often accompanied by vaginitis, which is an inflammation of the vagina (discharge, irritation, and/or itching).

VAGINAL YEAST INFECTIONS

Symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection may include itching, discharge, soreness, or a burning sensation during urination or sex. These may seem obvious, but only
There are two ways to treat vaginal yeast infections topically or orally. Topical treatments include a variety of anti-fungal vaginal creams and suppositories. Topical treatments must be inserted into the vagina usually at bedtime, for one to seven consecutive nights. Oral treatments include a variety of tablets (one pill or a series of pills) taken by mouth.

VAGINITIS OTHER CAUSES

Other causes may include allergic and irritative factors or other STDs. Noninfectious allergic symptoms can be caused by spermicides, vaginal hygiene products, detergents, and fabric softeners, clothing detergents, perfumed toilet paper, perfumed tampons.

BACTERIAL VAGINOSIS

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the most common cause of vaginitis symptoms and can be transmitted through sexual activity

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