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Vaginitis

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Vaginitis is an inflammation of the vagina. About 1 in every 3 women will suffer from Vaginitis at some point in her life. Vaginitis affects women of all ages, but is most common during the reproductive years. 
It is often caused by infections, which are sometimes linked to more serious diseases. 
The most common vaginal infections are:
-- Bacterial Vaginosis


-- Trichomin

-- Vaginal Yeast Infection
Although most vaginal infections are caused by bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis, or yeast, there may be other causes as well. These causes include sexually transmitted diseases, allergic reactions, and irritations.



Allergic symptoms can be caused by spermicides, vaginal hygiene products, detergents, and fabric softeners. Inflammation of the cervix (opening to the womb) from these products often is associated with abnormal vaginal discharge, but healthcare providers can tell them apart from true vaginal infections by doing lab tests.


http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/vaginitis/Pages/default.aspx 

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Vaginitis

  1. 1. Fitango Education Health Topics Vaginitishttp://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=194
  2. 2. Overview Vaginitis is an inflammation of the vagina. About 1 in every 3 women will suffer from Vaginitis at some point in her life. Vaginitis affects women of all ages, but is most common during the reproductive years. It is often caused by infections, which are sometimes linked to more serious diseases.http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=194 1
  3. 3. Overview The most common vaginal infections are: -- Bacterial Vaginosis -- Trichomin -- Vaginal Yeast Infectionhttp://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=194 2
  4. 4. Overview Although most vaginal infections are caused by bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis, or yeast, there may be other causes as well. These causes include sexually transmitted diseases, allergic reactions, and irritations.http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=194 3
  5. 5. Overview Allergic symptoms can be caused by spermicides, vaginal hygiene products, detergents, and fabric softeners. Inflammation of the cervix (opening to the womb) from these products often is associated with abnormal vaginal discharge, but healthcare providers can tell them apart from true vaginal infections by doing lab tests. http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/vaginitis/Pages/d efault.aspxhttp://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=194 4
  6. 6. Symptoms The most common symptoms of vaginitis are burning and itching outside of the vagina (the vulva). The vulva may become red and swollen, but also may not change in appearance at all. Often, the vaginal discharge will turn white and lumpy.http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=194 5
  7. 7. Diagnosis To diagnose vaginitis, a doctor will take a sample of your vaginal discharge and examine it under a microscope.http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=194 6
  8. 8. Causes Vaginitis is typically caused by a change in the balance between yeast and bacteria in the vagina. The imbalance causes a inflammation of the lining of the vagina, resulting in vaginitis. Several factors can change the balance of the vagina including:http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=194 7
  9. 9. Causes -- use of antibiotics -- douching -- spermicides -- changes in hormone levels due to pregnancy, breastfeeding, or menopause -- infectionhttp://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=194 8
  10. 10. Causes -- sexual intercoursehttp://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=194 9
  11. 11. Treatment Treatment depends on the type of vaginitis you are diagnosed with, but typically treatment includes any or all of the following: a pill, a cream, or a gel that is applied to the vagina.http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=194 10

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