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Vaginitis

overview

Vaginitis is soreness and swelling in and around the vagina. It's often caused by an infection or irritation.

Common symptoms of vaginitis include an itchy and sore vagina, unusual vaginal discharge and pain when peeing or having sex.

Causes of vaginitis include thrush, sexually transmitted infections, changes in your hormone levels and irritation.

Treatment for vaginitis depends on what's causing it. Common treatments include antifungal medicine, antibiotics and hormone treatments.

Treatment for vaginitis depends on what's causing it. Common treatments include antifungal medicine, antibiotics and hormone treatments.

Things you can do to help vaginitis include keeping your genital area clean and dry, and wearing loose, cotton underwear.

Read more on the NHS website.

Common symptoms of vaginitis include an itchy and sore vagina, unusual vaginal discharge and pain when peeing or having sex.

Check if you have vaginitis

Symptoms of vaginitis include:

You might not have all these symptoms.

Read more on the NHS website.

Treatment for vaginitis depends on what's causing it. Common treatments include antifungal medicine, antibiotics and hormone treatments.

Medical treatments

Treatment for vaginitis depends on the cause.

For example, you may need:

  • antifungal medicine for thrush
  • antibiotics for a sexually transmitted infection
  • vaginal moisturiser, lubricant or hormone treatment for menopause symptoms
  • steroid medicine for a skin condition

Self-care

There are things you can do to ease symptoms of vaginitis and reduce your chances of getting it again.


Do

  • wash around your vagina with water and dry thoroughly

  • wear loose, cotton underwear

  • use pads instead of tampons when you're on your period

  • use condoms and lubrication when having sex


Don't

  • do not clean inside your vagina (douching)

  • do not have hot baths

  • do not use scented hygiene products in or around your vagina, such as soaps and deodorants

Read more on the NHS website.

Causes of vaginitis include thrush, sexually transmitted infections, changes in your hormone levels and irritation.

Read more on the NHS website.