Bacterial Vaginosis & Vaginitis
Searching for an online consultation for vaginitis? You’ve come to the right place.
Learn more about the condition and find out how GetCareMD can help treat it:
What is Vaginitis?
Like other areas of the body — such as the mouth and the gut — the vagina also has a complex ecosystem of bacteria that keep it healthy.
When the production of these bacteria is imbalanced or uncontrolled, it can cause a condition known as bacterial vaginitis. Bacterial vaginitis (BV) often causes itching, pain, and abnormal discharge.
There are the most commonly occurring types of BV:
- Bacterial vaginosis: it occurs due to a lack of healthy bacteria and extensive growth of other microorganisms.
- Vaginal yeast infections: they’re caused by a fungus known as Candida Albicans.
- Trichomoniasis: it’s caused by a parasite and can be transmitted from one person to another during sexual intercourse.
You can obtain professional help by scheduling a vaginitis consultation online at GetCareMD.
Symptoms of Vaginitis
The typical symptoms of vaginitis include:
- Abnormal vaginal discharge (look for changes in quantity, color, or odor)
- Vaginal irritation or itching
- Pain or discomfort during sex and urination
- Vaginal bleeding or spotting
Any vaginal discharge can also offer clues about your vaginitis. Here’s what to look for:
- Bacterial vaginosis: it can cause a foul-smelling, grayish-white discharge. Its odor may be termed as ‘fishy’ and could be more noticeable after sexual intercourse.
- Yeast infection: also known as candidal vaginitis, it can be identified by persistent itching and the presence of a thick white discharge that resembles cottage cheese.
- Trichomoniasis: it causes a greenish-yellow discharge that may or may not be frothy.
If you’ve observed one of these discharges, you should set up an online consultation for vaginitis right away.
Causes of Vaginitis
There are different causes for different kinds of vaginitis:
- Bacterial vaginosis: it’s caused when the number of healthy vaginal bacteria (lactobacilli) is exceeded by the number of other bacteria (anaerobes).
- While there’s a link between bacterial vaginosis and sex — for women with multiple sex partners or a new sex partner — remember that one doesn’t have to be sexually active to get it.
- Yeast infections(candida vaginitis): they’re typically caused by Candida Albicans growing in uncontrolled quantities inside the vagina.
- Trichomoniasis: it’s a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by a single-celled parasite called Trichomonas Vaginalis. This parasite enters your body during sexual intercourse with an infected person.