Vaginitis Specialist

Signature Women’s Healthcare

Obstetricians & Gynecologists located in Lawrenceville, GA & Lithonia, GA

Vaginitis can lead to seriously uncomfortable vaginal inflammation, pain, and itching, as well as abnormal discharge. If you’re experiencing symptoms of vaginitis, schedule an evaluation at Signature Women’s Healthcare, with two offices in Lawrenceville and one in Lithonia, Georgia. Click on the online scheduler or call the office nearest you for an exam today.

Vaginitis Q & A

What causes vaginitis?

Vaginitis is an umbrella term for conditions that cause vaginal inflammation. Below are some of the most common types of vaginitis and their causes.

Bacterial vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis occurs when the normal bacteria in your vagina — lactobacilli — are overcome by the overgrowth of other organisms. In most cases, this type of vaginitis is linked to sexual intercourse, especially if you have a new partner or have multiple partners.

Yeast infections

Yeast infections develop when you have fungal organisms overgrow in your vagina. You can develop yeast infections because of hormonal fluctuations, taking antibiotics, or having a weakened immune system (as with uncontrolled diabetes), to name just a few causes.

Trichomoniasis

Known as one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs), trichomoniasis stems from a one-celled parasite (Trichomonas vaginalis). This STI is spread through sexual intercourse.

How do I know if I have vaginitis?

Without proper treatment, vaginitis can lead to a higher risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases, as well as complications during pregnancy and childbirth. Because of these serious issues, it’s important to understand the signs and symptoms of vaginitis and schedule an exam at Signature Women’s Healthcare if you experience any of the following concerns:

  • Changes in the odor, color, or amount of vaginal discharge you have
  • Abnormal bleeding or spotting between periods
  • Vaginal itching, inflammation, or irritation
  • Burning while urinating
  • Pain during intercourse

Signature Women’s Healthcare provides comprehensive screenings and sexually transmitted infection testing, so your doctor can get to the root of what’s causing your vaginitis and get you started on treatment right away.

What is the treatment for vaginitis?

Treating vaginitis often involves taking medications or using vaginal treatments. Your vaginitis treatment plan from Signature Women’s Healthcare can include:

  • Oral or topical antibiotics for bacterial vaginosis
  • Tinidazole or metronidazole medications for trichomoniasis
  • Oral antifungal medications or antifungal creams or suppositories for yeast infections

Sometimes, vaginitis stems from a noninfectious issue like irritation from new laundry soap. Your OB/GYN can help you pinpoint the cause of your vaginitis, so you know what to avoid.

Or if you have an increased risk of vaginitis because of vaginal atrophy associated with menopause, your dedicated OB/GYN at Signature Women’s Healthcare can get you started on hormonal treatments like vaginal estrogen cream. Hormonal treatments can help resolve and prevent some cases of vaginitis.

If you think you have vaginitis, schedule an evaluation at Signature Women’s Healthcare right away. You can conveniently book an appointment online or over the phone with any office.