Smelly Discharge? Watch Out for Vaginitis

Bacterial Vaginosis – Chemical Imbalance in Vagina

Maintaining a balance in the natural PH levels of your vagina (mildly acidic) is important in preventing bacterial overgrowth.

If there are too much anaerobic bacteria such as gardnerella, the natural balance in your vagina is disrupted, causing bacterial vaginosis. The condition may result in smelly vaginal discharge that is grayish or yellow-green.

To treat for bacterial vaginosis, antibiotics may be prescribed.

 

Trochomonas vaginitis – Seek Treatment With Your partner

Trichomonas vaginitis (Trichomoniasis) is caused by being infected with a protozoan parasite. Once infected, you may have foul-smelling discharge and itching genitals.

Although it can be treated with antibiotic pills, it is important that your partner receives the treatment as well, as trichomoniasis is transmitted through sexual intercourse (unlike the bacterial vaginosis).

 

Candidal vaginitis – Avoid Tight Trousers

Candidal vaginitis is an infection caused by a yeast, called ‘Candida.’ This is a common infection, which torments 50~70% of women at least once in their lifetime. Once infected, you may have vaginal discharge with “cottage cheese” appearance and experience vaginal pain and itching.

Candidal vaginitis can be treated with antifungal medications or suppository. Though rare, it can recur.

Women who are pregnantdiabetic or have a weakened immune system are more likely to get vaginal candidasis. Wearing tight pants may also cause the vaginitis, as natural ventilation is hindered.