- Vaginitis is inflammation of the vagina.
- Symptoms of vaginitis include vaginal pain or discomfort, itching, discharge, and odor. Pain with urination or during sexual intercourse is also common.
- Vaginitis may be due to infections or non-infectious causes.
- Infectious vaginitis may be due to bacteria, fungi, or the parasitic organism known as Trichomonas.
- Infectious vaginitis should be treated with antibiotics.
- Vaginitis can also be related to physical or chemical irritation of the vagina.
- Some infectious causes of vaginitis are sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs), but not all vaginal infections are sexually-transmitted.
- Vaginitis in pregnancy should be treated to avoid complications for mother and baby.