Vaginitis Symptoms - Common Signs & Symptoms of Vaginitis

Vaginitis symptoms

Vaginal infections can cause a variety of symptoms including feelings of itchiness, dryness, pain, burning and irritation in the pelvic region.  Sometimes the vagina can appear swollen and is often sensitive to touch. The vulvar region is often affected and women may complain of symptoms in the vagina and on the vulvar regions. The tissues may be red, swollen and the labia majora and minor (vulvar lips) may also be irritated and sensitive to touch.

A vaginal yeast infection is caused by a type of yeast called candida albicans. It can cause severe itchiness that occurs along with a thick, white cottage cheese-like lumpy discharge.  Painful intercourse may also occur and it is not considered a sexually transmitted infection.

Trichomoniasis is a disease caused by a parasite called trichomonas vaginalis.  This infection is characterized by a thin discharge that may be yellow-green, foamy, and often has a bad-smell. Women may complain of painful sex or dypareunia, and urinary complaints including dysuria (pain on urination), frequency and urgency. Abdominal and pelvic pain may be present as well. Trichomoniasis is considered a sexually transmitted infection.

Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is another common vaginal infection that occurs when there is a change in the balance of bacteria that are normally found in the vagina.  Women may complain of itchiness, burning and a strong fish like odor in the vagina with associated discharge that may be thin or even milky in color. 

It is important to note that some sexually transmitted diseases like Chlamydia, warts, herpes and gonorrhea may also cause vaginal symptoms so it is important to seek medical care to get an examination and an appropriate diagnosis.



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