- Noninfectious vaginitis - Douches, perfumed soaps, spermicides, bubble baths and feminine hygiene sprays can irritate the skin around the vagina. Symptoms include itching, burning, and pain. One type, atrophic vaginitis, is caused by lowered estrogen after menopause.
- Trichomoniasis - Common sexually transmitted disease caused by the parasite trichomonas vaginalis. In men, it usually infects the urinary tract but often produces no symptoms. In women, symptoms can include greenish-yellow discharge that is sometimes frothy. People with trichomoniasis have a higher risk of other sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and HIV.
It's important to see a doctor for a proper diagnosis is that if it's not actually a yeast infection, the delay in getting treated can cause complications.
In pregnant women, vaginal yeast infection can result in premature delivery and low birth weight.
Untreated vaginal yeast infection can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, a condition which can scar the fallopian tubes and cause infertility.
Trichomoniasis and bacterial vaginosis have also been linked to an increased risk of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other sexually transmitted diseases.
- Don't douche.
- Use a condom.
- Wear cotton instead of synthetic underwear.
- Avoid baths, hot tubs, or whirlpools.
- Avoid scented products, including tampons and feminine hygiene sprays.
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