Northwest Ohio OB-GYN
Aesthetics & Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecologist located in Bluffton, and Findlay, Ohio.
If you just don’t feel “right” down there, it could be a vaginal infection, or vaginitis, which can cause itching, smelly discharge, or burning when you urinate. Desrene Brown, MD, and team at Northwest Ohio OB-GYN in Bluffton, and Findlay, Ohio, can help you find the solutions to make you feel normal again.
Vaginal Infections Q & A
What are vaginal infections?
The many different types of vaginal infection include:
- Bacterial vaginosis
- Yeast infections
- Allergies to soaps or perfumes
- HPV or genital warts
Some of the infections stem from sexual intercourse with an infected person while others can stem from bacterial vaginosis (irritation from scented soaps or sprays). It’s important to get checked out by Dr. Brown so you can be properly diagnosed to find the right treatment.
What is bacterial vaginosis?
There are many different bacteria in your vagina. If something throws them off balance, you may notice white or gray discharge that smells fishy. Your vagina can have a burning or itching feeling that can be similar to a yeast infection.
What is a yeast infection?
A yeast infection is an overgrowth of yeast bacteria in the vagina. The discharge may look white like cottage cheese and cause itching and burning. It is possible to have a yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis at the same time.
What are sexually transmitted infections (STIs)?
Spread through sexual intercourse, STIs include:
- HPV or genital warts
Sometimes no visible symptoms are present even if the virus has spread. It’s important to get tested because without treatment an STI could cause infertility or other health problems. And you can spread it to other sexual partners.
How are vaginal infections diagnosed?
It’s important to note the color, smell, and amount of unusual discharge so you can tell Dr. Brown. Don’t douche or have sex before your appointment as doing so could make it more difficult to get an accurate diagnosis. Dr. Brown can diagnose and find proper treatment options for your infection.
What can I do to keep vaginal infections away?
It’s important to wear breathable clothes so you don’t become a breeding ground for bad bacteria. Eating yogurt can help the good bacteria fight the bad bacteria. It’s also important to use a condom to keep possible infections away.
A yearly gynecological exam is important, as well as keeping up to date with your Pap smears.
Call the office or schedule an appointment today for a gynecological exam, especially if you’re experiencing possible vaginal infection symptoms.