Vaginitis: The Cause of Your Vaginal Irritation Doesn't Have to be a Mystery

Vaginitis literally means "inflammation of the vagina." It can be a cause of discharge, itching and/or pain.

This type of inflammation is a common occurrence, but sometimes the cause is hard to pinpoint. The three most common causes are bv (bacterial vaginosis), a Candida infection and trichomoniasis, but they are NOT the only causes. Aerobic vaginitis is a cause of vaginal inflammation that many women do not know about. 

Other causes could be, among others:

  • A drop in estrogen levels during the menopause transition
  • Vaginal sprays, douches or perfumes
  • Tampons
  • Sexual pleasure-enhancement products
  • Bubble bath
  • Scented detergents
  • Spermicidal products

How Common is Vaginitis?

According to the US National Institutes of Health, most women will have vaginal inflammation of some sort during their lifetime.

Should You See a Doctor for Vaginitis?

According to the Mayo Clinic, you should see a doctor if you develop any vaginal discomfort that is not something you have already had diagnosed or that is unusual for you to have. They recommend that you see a doctor if:

  • You've never had a vaginal infection. Being examined by your doctor can establish the cause and help you learn to identify the signs and symptoms.
  • You've had vaginal infections before, but in this case, it seems different in some way.
  • You've had multiple sex partners or a recent new partner. You could have a sexually transmitted infection. The signs and symptoms of some sexually transmitted infections are similar to those of a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis but STD's can be very serious and transmitted to others.
  • You've completed a course of over-the-counter anti-yeast medication and your symptoms persist, you have a fever, or you have a particularly unpleasant vaginal odor. These are signs the infection may be from something other than yeast or from a resistant strain of yeast.

NOTE: Please do not self-diagnose! You may mistakenly think you have one condition and treat it with over-the-counter medications, and not only will you not get the relief you want, but you'll waste money, delay the correct diagnosis, and possibly make your condition harder to cure. This can have terrible consequences!

Another thing you may not know is that you can have mixed infections, so that treating only one allows the others to get stronger. Vaginal discharge is only one clue to the mystery of your vaginal inflammation. is here to help you be healthy with probiotics and other healthy ideas, but until you know the correct diagnosis of your condition, you won't know if any of the ideas in the site might be able to help you.

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