Vaginitis and Vaginosis: woman in pain near toilet

What’s the Difference Between Vaginitis and Vaginosis?

What is Vaginitis?

Vaginitis is a common condition that causes vaginal irritation. This can lead to other types of vaginitis, including bacterial vaginosis.

So … What causes vaginitis? There are a few reasons you might be experiencing it, such as:

  • Using a douche
  • Sexual intercourse
  • Spermicides
  • Hormone levels change from menopause, pregnancy and breastfeeding.

What is Vaginosis?

Vaginosis is the term we use when the vagina is infected. This is when normal cells are covered with bacteria.

Causes of vaginosis might be:

  • More than one sexual partner
  • Having a new sexual partner
  • Using a douche

What Are Vaginitis Symptoms?

Symptoms of vaginitis may include:

  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal irritation, itching and/or odor

What Are Vaginosis Symptoms?

Sometimes there are no symptoms for bacterial vaginosis. When symptoms are present, they may include the following:

  • White or dull grey discharge
  • Itching of the vagina
  • Strong fishy odor
  • Burning while urinating

How is Vaginitis diagnosed?

Your OB/GYN will obtain a sample of vaginal discharge to test for vaginitis using a microscope.

How is Vaginosis diagnosed?

A sample of vaginal secretions will be obtained and examined under a microscope. We will look for cells that are covered with bacteria. This is a sign that bacterial vaginosis is present.

How Is Vaginitis Treated?

  • Pill taken orally
  • Gel or cream to apply to the vagina

How Is Vaginosis Treated?

  • Prescription gel or cream
  • Oral prescription medication

Vaginitis FAQs

Quite common! Women will typically get one type of vaginitis at least once in their life.

1. Yeast infections caused by the fungus known as candida
2. Bacterial vaginosis
3. Trichomoniasis vaginitis
4. Chlamydia vaginitis
5. Viral vaginitis
6. Non-infectious vaginitis

1. Do not use douches
2. When wiping, wipe from front to back.
3. Washing vagina and surrounding areas every day using mild soap. Be sure to rinse thoroughly.
4. Use cotton-lined of 100% cotton underwear.
5. Wear loose pants and avoid panty hoses in warmer weather.

Treatment is typically easy for women and is not considered dangerous in most cases. It is suggested that you speak with your OB/GYN for your specific diagnosis and treatment.

Vaginosis FAQs

This condition is very common during the ages of 15-45.

It is still unclear how exactly some women get bacterial vaginosis, but it is more common in sexually active women than women who are not. Since it’s caused by an imbalance of good and bad bacteria, having numerous sexual partners can disrupt the balance.

These steps may help avoid getting BV but it is still not certain.
1. Practice celibacy
2. Not using a douche
3. Limiting sexual partners

Receiving treatment for pregnant women is of utmost importance. BV is more likely to cause premature birth or those with low birth weight.

Sometimes, it goes away on its own but if symptoms are present then we suggest you be checked and treated for bacterial vaginosis.

If left untreated, BV can cause serious risks including:
1. Increased chance of contracting HIV if you are sexually active with someone infected.
2. Increasing your chance of transmitting HIV to your partner if you are infected.
3. Premature birth if you are pregnant.
4. Higher chance of getting other STDs, causing possible infertility issues.

Vagnitis and Vaginosis Treatments

If you are suffering from Vagnitis or Vaginosis and need to seek treatment, please contact Complete Women Care today to help you with potential treatment options.

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