Vaginitis

Apple Hill Gynecology

Gynecology & Endometriosis Specialists located in York, PA

Vaginitis is a common condition that affects one-third of women in the United States at some point during their lives. The all-women health care team at Apple Hill Gynecology in York, Pennsylvania, which includes Marsha D. Bornt, MD, and Donna Lamson, CRNP, MSN, WHNP-BC, offers comprehensive evaluations to diagnose and treat vaginitis. To schedule an evaluation, call the office or book online today.

Vaginitis Q & A

What is vaginitis?

Vaginitis, also called vulvovaginitis, refers to inflammation of your vaginal tissue. It’s a common condition that may develop from a number of causes, including:

Bacterial vaginosis (BV)

BV occurs when there is an imbalance in the “good” and “bad” bacteria in your vagina. It’s the most common vaginal infection in women of reproductive age. 

You can develop BV after taking antibiotics or if you use an intrauterine device (IUD) for birth control. Having unprotected sex or multiple sexual partners also increases your risk of BV. 

Yeast infection

Yeast infections develop when too much candida grows in your vagina. You may be at risk of developing this type of vaginitis after taking a course of antibiotics to treat a bacterial infection. Being pregnant and having diabetes are also risk factors for the development of yeast infections in women. 

Trichomoniasis

Trichomoniasis is a parasitic sexually transmitted disease that causes vaginitis. 

Hormone shifts

The hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and menopause may lead to vaginitis. 

What are the symptoms of vaginitis?

Your vaginitis symptoms may vary depending on the underlying cause. Common symptoms include:

  • Vaginal itching and irritation
  • Pain during urination
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Unusual vaginal odor

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, contact Apple Hill Gynecology to schedule an evaluation.

How is vaginitis diagnosed?

The team at Apple Hill Gynecology conducts an evaluation to diagnose vaginitis. During your visit, the team reviews your symptoms, gynecological and sexual history, medical history, and medication use. Then they perform a physical and pelvic exam.

To determine the underlying cause of your vaginitis, the team may order blood work or testing of your vaginal secretions.

How is vaginitis treated?

Treatment for your vaginitis is individualized based on the underlying cause. The team at Apple Hill Gynecology typically treats vaginal inflammation with a pill or cream that addresses the underlying cause, such as an antibiotic or an antifungal medication. 

For menopausal women, the team may recommend a vaginal estrogen cream to alleviate symptoms and reduce inflammation.

To schedule an evaluation to determine if your vaginal discomfort is due to vaginitis, contact Apple Hill Gynecology by phone or online today.