Vaginal infection, or vaginitis, is a common issue that affects women of all ages. At Ocean Obstetric & Gynecologic Associates in Ocean and Howell, New Jersey, the highly skilled OB/GYNs can determine if a vaginal infection is present and prescribe an effective treatment plan. If you notice symptoms or have concerns about a vaginal infection, call or use the easy online scheduling tool to book an exam.
There are many types of vaginal infection, and it’s possible to have more than one type at a time. Your vagina has a natural balance of normal bacteria, much of which is necessary for good health. When your vaginal ecosystem is altered or becomes unbalanced, an infection can occur.
Some of the more common types of vaginal infection include:
Vaginitis, or inflammation of the vagina, can develop after using antibiotics, changing birth control methods, douching, having sexual intercourse, or even during periods of high stress.
Vaginal infections almost always create changes in your vaginal discharge. Your vagina is constantly creating discharge, which acts to clean your vagina, removing dead cells and other minute debris.
That discharge is normally clear or slightly cloudy, and doesn’t have a strong smell. It can become thicker and more plentiful at certain points in your menstrual cycle, which is perfectly normal. If your discharge is an unusual color, has a strong smell, or changes consistency, you may have an infection.
Additional symptoms include:
Many women simply assume they have a yeast infection when confronted with these symptoms. Treatment for yeast infections won’t help clear up other vaginal infections, however, so it’s important to come in for a diagnostic exam.
Your treatment path depends on the type of infection present and your overall health. Your gynecologist will likely perform a pelvic exam and perhaps a Pap test to determine the cause of your symptoms. Lab tests can further narrow down potential causes.
Some treatment options include:
These medications can be taken over a short or long period of time. Your doctor will review your health history and discuss your symptoms in depth to determine the treatment course that best suits your needs.
Don’t live with the discomfort and inconvenience of vaginal infections when there are safe and effective treatments available. Schedule a visit using the simple online tool, or call to check availability with a member of the administrative staff.