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What is Vaginitis?

Vaginitis is inflammation of the vagina due to an infection. Inflammation can result in itching, discharge, and pain. Vaginitis is typically caused by an infection such as bacterial vaginosis, or reduce estrogen levels after menopause. When the usual balance of bacteria in the vagina is thrown off, you may experience vaginitis. There are many different causes of vaginitis. 

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How Do You Get Vaginitis?

The three most common causes of vaginitis are bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections, and trichomoniasis. These three causes often alter the vagina’s Ph balance and can lead to uncomfortable symptoms. Noninfectious vaginitis can occur due to irritation from feminine hygiene products, douching, scented sprays, spermicide, and other irritants that may come into contact with the vagina. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is vaginitis an STD?

No, vaginitis is not an STD, though it can be caused by one. Vaginitis simply refers to inflammation of the vagina. Inflammation can be caused by conditions that are not considered STDs such as yeast infections, or by STDs such as gonorrhea and chlamydia. 

What are the symptoms of vaginitis?

Common vaginitis symptoms include discharge that is a different color and consistency than normal, itching, pain, burning during urination, atypical odor, pain during sex, bleeding or spotting between periods. 

Will vaginitis go away by itself?

It is possible for vaginitis to go away by itself, especially noninfectious vaginitis that is caused by an irritant. Once the irritant is removed, the vaginitis tends to resolve itself in a matter of days. Vaginitis that is caused by an infection likely will not go away until the underlying infection has been treated. It is recommended to talk to a doctor for an official diagnosis and treatment plan. A doctor will be able to identify what’s causing your vaginitis and prescribe treatment whether that be an antifungal medication for a yeast infection or an antibiotic for an STD. It is dangerous to let STDs go untreated so if you have vaginitis and don’t know what’s causing it you should get an STD test. Online doctors are a great way to get vaginitis treated quickly and affordably. The online doctors at our sister site PlushCare commonly treat vaginitis and are available to help. 

How do you treat vaginitis?

Vaginitis treatment varies depending on the type of vaginitis you have. Some examples of vaginitis treatments include oral or topical antibiotics, over-the-counter products such as miconazole, clotrimazole, butoconazole, or tioconazole, and prescription antifungal medication like Diflucan.

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