Most women experience the itching, burning, and general unpleasantness of vaginitis at some point in their lives. At Metropolitan Women’s Center in Annandale, Virginia, OB/GYN Gigi Hafizi, MD, can get you on the fast track to treatment with an on-site culture to diagnose vaginitis. If you think you may have vaginitis, call or click online to book an appointment at Metropolitan Women’s Center today.
Vaginitis is a term that encompasses several different types of vaginal inflammation that may cause itching, burning, or discharge. Some types of vaginitis are sexually transmitted, while others can develop without sex at all.
The most common types of vaginitis include:
Bacterial vaginosis happens when the healthy balance of good and bad bacteria inside your vagina gets disturbed, allowing the harmful organisms to take over. This bacterial imbalance is the most common cause of vaginitis. If left untreated, bacterial vaginosis may cause complications during pregnancy or infertility.
Overgrowth of a naturally occurring fungus called candida albicans leads to a yeast infection. This fungus may also cause infection in other moist areas of your body, including your mouth, groin, and belly button.
Also called trich, this condition occurs when a microscopic parasite invades your vagina through sexual contact. Trichomoniasis is the most common sexually transmitted infection.
Vaginitis symptoms vary depending on the type of infection. You may have vaginitis if you experience these common symptoms:
Any change in your vaginal discharge may also indicate vaginitis. Be sure to note the color, smell, and other significant discharge changes to Dr. Hafizi during your appointment.
Disruption to the normal, healthy balance of bacteria inside your vagina is the most common cause of vaginitis. Sometimes, sex can introduce bacteria or other organisms that cause vaginitis.
Other factors that can alter the microbial balance of your vagina include:
First, Dr. Hafizi reviews your medical history and performs a pelvic exam. She looks for signs of vaginitis, including vaginal inflammation or unusual discharge.
If she suspects vaginitis, Dr. Hafizi may suggest an on-site culture to confirm her diagnosis. Depending on the cause of your vaginitis, she may prescribe antibiotic or antifungal medications for treatment.
If you have itching, pain, or unusual changes in vaginal discharge, call Metropolitan Women’s Center or book an appointment online today.