Vaginitis Overview (cont.)

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Can vaginitis be prevented?

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Vaginitis due to STDs can be prevented by practicing safe sex or abstinence. It is not possible to prevent all cases of yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis. Attention to hygiene practices and avoiding spread of fecal material to the vagina may help prevent vaginitis in young girls.

What is the prognosis for vaginitis?

Most cases of vaginitis do not cause long-term problems when properly treated. If untreated, vaginal infections may spread to other pelvic organs, a condition known as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID can be serious and result in impaired fertility. Sometimes, vaginitis recurs even after successful treatment, and another course of treatment is necessary.

Vaginitis that develops during pregnancy should be treated to avoid potential harm to the mother and fetus. Bacterial vaginosis in pregnancy has been linked to premature labor and birth as well as amniotic fluid infection, and should be treated with antibiotics. STDs that occur in pregnant women should also be promptly treated to avoid complications for the mother or baby.

REFERENCES:

CDC.gov. Bacterial Vaginosis Fact Sheet.

CDC.gov. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs).

MedscapeReference.com. Vaginitis Treatment & Management


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/27/2014

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