Common Vaginal Infections
Vaginal infections and vaginitis are common conditions that women face, and it is likely that most women will experience at least one or the other at some point in their lives. Most vaginal infections are not serious and can be treated quickly with the help of a gynecologist.
Vaginal discharge can be used to determine whether you may have a common vaginal infection. However, vaginal discharge also has a range of normal textures, colors and odors, depending on several factors, including:
- Timing of your menstrual cycle
- Oral contraceptive pills use
- Intrauterine contraceptives (IUDs)
- Sexual activity
- Heat and perspiration
Different Types of Vaginal Infections & Symptoms
Symptoms of vaginitis, or infection and/or inflammation of the vagina, include:
- Change in the volume, color, or odor of vaginal discharge
- Burning or irritation
- Redness and swelling
- Vaginal spotting
- Painful urination
- Painful intercourse
Common vaginal infections:
- Bacterial infections such as bacterial vaginitis, chlamydia trachomatis, neisseria gonorrhoeae and trichomoniasis
- Yeast infections, such as vulvovaginal candidiasis.
- Menopausal vaginitis or atrophic vaginitis
- Urinary tract infections
There are considerable symptoms that overlap between different causes of common vaginal infections. Given this, most women require a detailed history, physical exam and diagnostic testing.
How can Consultants in Women’s Healthcare help?
Diagnosing common vaginal infections requires a detailed patient history and an individualized treatment plan. We work with each patient to understand their symptoms while keeping patient privacy at the forefront of our care.
For 25 years, Consultants in Women’s Healthcare has made it our goal to know patients on an individual and personal level in order to provide the highest-quality care. Our clients indicate that it’s our personal care and attention we provide that makes us stand out among the other providers in the St. Louis region. Make an appointment to visit with one of our providers if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of common vaginal infections.