Vaginitis is a condition that affects most women at some point in their lives, but it occurs more so during reproductive years. This common infection is very treatable through antibiotic medication or ointments, but it’s important to start a regiment early.
The challenge of diagnosing vaginitis is that the symptoms may overlap with other conditions. The most obvious symptoms are:
Vaginitis is a condition itself, but it is also a precursor to other conditions. For instance, these symptoms could be the start of a yeast infection. More seriously, they could also indicate a sexually transmitted disease or a urinary tract infection, among other things. While vaginitis is easily treated, treatment does depend on its cause. While you may be able to treat a mild yeast infection with over-the-counter medications, vaginitis can become more advanced, often requiring antibiotics. If these symptoms are due to a sexually transmitted, specific care from your gynecologist is crucial.
Women’s bodies are complex, and diagnosing the cause of vaginitis can be challenging. However, a few of the most common triggers for vaginitis include:
Vaginitis itself is not contagious, but if it is caused by an STI (sexually transmitted infection), that infection would be. If you or your partner have vaginitis and have multiple partners, it’s best to ensure that an STI isn’t the cause before engaging in sexual intercourse.
Women are most at risk for having vaginitis from the ages of 15 to 44, but it can appear at a hormonally active age. Though it can be uncomfortable, it is very treatable with the help of your doctor.