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Vaginitis


 

Vaginitis

Vaginal infections are common and affect most women at some point in their lives.  These infections can cause bothersome symptoms like abnormal discharge, abnormal vaginal odor, itching, irritation, or pain with sex.  These symptoms can impact a woman’s well being and relationship.  Some women struggle with reoccurrence of these infections.

At Gynecology Specialists we want to hear your symptoms and history.  We will work with you to appropriately diagnosis the cause of your symptoms and come up with a treatment regimen that will give you the best and most long-term relief.  We will also consider triggers that may be contributing to your symptoms and provide lifestyle recommendations to help prevent symptoms in the future.


Atrophic Vaginitis

Atrophic Vaginitis is a common change that happens to the vaginal tissue in peri-menopausal and menopausal women as their estrogen declines.  With lower levels of estrogen, the vaginal tissue can become dry, itchy, and irritated.  Women may also notice decreased vaginal lubrication, which can lead to pain during sex.


Bacterial Vaginosis

Bacterial Vaginosis is a common infection that results from overgrowth of the bacteria that are normally found in the vagina.  When these strains overgrow, they produce an abnormal discharge and strong, fishy vaginal odor.


Vulvitis

Vulvitis is when the skin of the vaginal opening, labia minora, labia majora, mons, and/or clitoris gets inflamed and irritated.  Many triggers can cause this inflammation to occur.  Vulvitis is often misdiagnosed as a yeast infection.


Yeast infections

Yeast infections are commonly seen when the normal bacteria flora of the vagina gets altered and yeast is able to flourish.  Yeast infections can cause a curdy, white discharge, itching, and irritation.  Antibiotics are a common cause of yeast infections because they can change the normal flora of the vagina.

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