1. What symptoms are seen in vaginal infection?
The most common symptoms are vaginal itching, increased vaginal discharge with change in colour and odour, pain during urination or intercourse. In some cases, there is also vaginal bleeding or spotting.
2. What are the risk factors for vaginal infection?
Risk factors for vaginal infections are more prone in women whose immunity is low due to HIV or who are diabetic, also during menses due to hormonal changes, if on birth control pills or having unprotected sex with an unknown partner.
3. Can I have sex while I have a vaginal infection?
Some vaginal infections can be sexually transmitted and some usually do not but it is best to avoid sex till the infection goes down completely as the intercourse can be painful and can cause burning.
4. Can i douch the vagina while I have an infection?
No, one should not douche the vagina if having an infection as it will only make it worse in the long run though one might feel good for the time being the odour and pain is less but it actually upsets the natural pH balance of vagina and makes the bacterial growth more likely.
5. What are the common causes of vaginal infection?
Common causes of vaginal infections are usually hormonal changes and microbial infection, so it can happen during pregnancy, post-menopause, when in birth control pills, diabetes, bacterial infections like bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections like candida albicans, trichomoniasis caused by protozoan parasite, some irritants like soaps, vaginal contraceptives, perfumes, etc.
Inflammation in the vagina is called Vaginal Infection. Inflammation of both vagina and vulva (the external part of the vagina) is known as vulvovaginitis.
The most common symptoms are:
The symptoms of the vaginal infection vary on the type of the infection such as:
There are several causes of vaginal infections, few of the common causes include:
The doctor typically asks about the sexual history of an individual and also the history of sexual partners and/or vaginal infections or STDs history. A pelvic exam can also be performed by the doctor and the vaginal discharge can be collected for lab tests.
All the vaginal infections cannot be prevented; however, few tips are: