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Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)
Bacteria that live in stool cause this type of vaginal infection. Vaginal
discharge is watery, gray in color, heavy and foul smelling. There may
be pain during urination and itching around the vagina.
Atrophic Vaginitis
The thinning and shrinking of the vagina cause this infection. It can
occur when estrogen levels are low after menopause, childbirth or while
breastfeeding. It may cause discharge, itching and burning. Urination
and sexual intercourse may become difficult and painful.
Trichomoniasis Vaginitis
“Trich” is a sexually transmitted infection caused by a parasite. Heavy
discharge with odor, itching, and painful sexual intercourse and
urination may occur. Some women have no signs. You may become
infected again if your partner is not also treated.
Your Care
See your doctor if you have any signs of infection. Your treatment may
include:
Medicines
Finish all of your medicine as ordered. The infection may still be
present even if the discharge goes away before the medicine is
finished.
Bathing
Bathe or shower each day and clean the area around the vagina well.
Keep the area as dry as you can. Wear cotton underwear.
Sanitary pads
Use sanitary pads if there is a lot of discharge.
Do not use tampons to absorb discharge.
Both you and your partner may need treatment as some types of vaginal
infections can be spread by sexual contact.
Ask your doctor if your