Vaginitis is the inflammation of the vagina which can lead to discomfort such as it itching or pain
as well as to odorous vaginal discharge. Vaginitis usually occurs when there is a disbalance in
the vaginal microbiome which leads to an infection.
WHO IS AT RISK FOR VAGINITIS?
All women are at risk of developing vaginitis, but certain conditions can increase this risk such
? Being sexually active
? Changes in hormone levels such as those associated with pregnancy, menopause, or
taking birth control pills
? Uncontrolled diabetes (high blood sugar levels)
? Use of spermicides
? Use of an intrauterine device (IUD)
? Use of a douche or other vaginal cleansing products
? Wearing damp, tight-fitting, or synthetic fiber clothing
? Certain medications such as steroids or antibiotics
SYMPTOMS OF VAGINITIS
The signs and symptoms of vaginitis may include itching or irritation of the vagina, pain during
intercourse, pain during urination, changes in the color, smell, or amount of vaginal discharge,
or light bleeding or spotting.
There are several different causes of vaginitis which can result in slight variations in symptoms.
Possible causes include:
? Vaginal Yeast Infection - a very common cause of vaginitis that causes itching and
usually thick, white, cottage cheese-like discharge
? Bacterial Vaginosis - often produces a grayish, foul-smelling discharge that is often
described as a fishy odor
? Trichomoniasis - an infection caused by a parasite that causes a green-yellow, even
Diagnosis and Treatment
You may not need to see a doctor for every case of vaginal irritation especially if you’ve had a
vaginal yeast infection in the past and are confident that is what you have this time around.
Many times vagina yeast infections will go away on their own with time.
However, if your symptoms feel unusual, see a doctor right away. It’s especially important to
see a doctor if:
? You have a fever or chills
? Your vaginal discharge has a particularly unpleasant odor
? The itching or pain is severe
? You’ve taken over-the-counter medication for the infection, but still have the same or
? You’ve recently had a new sex partner
How PlushCare Works
1. Video chat with a doctor and send in pictures of your rash. 2. The doctor can tell you what the
rash is, and prescribe any needed medicines. 3. Pick up your prescription at your pharmacy,
and even get a signed doctor's note for school or work.