Vaginitis can increase your risk of sexually transmitted infections, and it can become painful. At Westchester Women’s Medical Healthcare, OB/GYN Sheila D. Pongnon, MD, and Arlie Massillon, PA, offer top-quality testing and treatment methods for vaginitis. They help to protect your vaginal health and help you feel more confident, relieve your pain, and allow you to enjoy intercourse again. If you have concerns about your vaginal health, call either office in Mount Vernon or Spring Valley, New York, today or click to use the online scheduling system.
Vaginitis refers to the inflammation of the vagina that can result in itching, pain, and vaginal discharge.
There are different types of vaginitis with different causes.
Bacterial vaginosis usually results from a change in the normal bacteria found in your vagina and the overgrowth of specific organisms.
Yeast infections are usually caused by a fungus that occurs naturally called Candida albicans.
Trichomoniasis is the result of a microscopic one-celled parasite that’s commonly transmitted through sexual intercourse.
The reduced estrogen levels that occur following menopause and certain skin disorders might also cause vaginitis. Some forms of vaginitis might be an allergic reaction to douching or certain soaps, detergents, birth controls, or spermicidal products.
The symptoms of vaginitis can vary but typically include:
The type of vaginal discharge can indicate the type of vaginitis you have.
If you develop unusual vaginal symptoms and have questions or concerns, visit Westchester Women’s Medical Healthcare for an evaluation, testing, and treatment.
Women with bacterial vaginosis or trichomoniasis have a more significant risk of acquiring sexually transmitted infections due to the inflammation caused by these disorders.
In pregnant women, symptomatic trichomoniasis and bacterial vaginosis have been associated with low birthweight babies and premature deliveries.
Good hygiene and healthy lifestyle changes -- such as regular exercise, stress management, and a nutrient-dense diet -- are helpful for treating and preventing vaginitis. You can also avoid irritants like scented tampons or soaps and wear comfortable cotton underwear.
After diagnosing vaginitis with a medical history, exam, and any necessary testing, such as a vaginal fluid sample, your provider devises a personalized treatment plan.
Your provider might suggest oral or topical medications or a suppository, such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, and antifungal, to combat infection and yeast and decrease pain, inflammation, and swelling.
Hormone therapy can also be helpful. The use of hormones usually involves estrogen in the form of a vaginal cream, tablets, or a ring.
You could also try applying a cold compress, such as a washcloth, to the labial areas to soothe discomfort until antifungal medication takes effect. It’s best to avoid sexual contact until you’ve been properly treated to prevent the spread of infection.
Don’t waste time worrying. For a selection of effective treatment options for vaginitis as well as discreet and personalized care, call Westchester Women’s Medical Healthcare or schedule your visit online today.