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Vaginitis Vaginitis is an inflammation of the vagina characterized by discharge irritation and itching caused mainly by hormonal imbalance infections and irritants to the vaginal region The cause of Vaginitis cannot be determined solely on the basis of symptoms or a physical examination Hormonal imbalances include atrophic Vaginitis which is usually found in postmenopausal women Infections generally are caused by Bacterial vaginosis or trichomoniasis1 Irritants are substances used that may agitate the vaginal region Some vaginal infections are transmitted through sexual contact but others such as yeast infections probably are not depending on the cause Bacterial vaginosis is most commonly found in women within childbearing years This is often associated with sexual activity2 The primary symptom of BV is an abnormal odorous vaginal discharge a fish-like odor that is noticeable especially after intercourse2 A sample of vaginal fluids may be taken in order to determine this form of Vaginitis Researchers have shown a connection between Bacterial vaginosis and PID Metronidazole or Clindamycin are two commonly used antibiotics that treat Bacterial vaginosis Gonorrhea and HIV are also two possible outcomes of Bacterial vaginosis2 Trichomoniasis sometimes referred to as trich is a common STD that affects 2 to 3 million Americans yearly2 Trich is contracted through sexual intercourse 3 Symptoms of Trichomoniasis are usually noticeable 4 to 20 days after exposure Symptoms in women include a heavy yellow-green or gray vaginal discharge discomfort during intercourse vaginal odor and painful urination Irritation and itching of the female genital area and on rare occasions lower abdominal pain also can be present 3 Metronidazole is the drug used to treat people with trichomoniasis since men and women both are affected by Trich it is best for both partners to get treatment This is usually administered in a single dose Certain nutritional substances may be of help to avoid Vaginitis as well as wise health habits A list of substances include Vitamin
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