|“I just learned that yogurt could help to prevent yeast infections. Now when I take antibiotics, I eat a yogurt in the morning to help keep clear from any problems.”
Kim P., University of Maryland
Vaginal problems include vaginal pain, discharge, abnormal bleeding, irritation, and/or infections. Infections may or may not be sexually transmitted. Common vaginal problems in college age females are listed below.
Signs, Symptoms & Causes
Bacterial VaginosisHydrogen peroxide infection killer & safe
This is an infection from one or more types of bacteria. With this you may have:
|Mild vaginal irritation or burning
|A watery, grayish-white, or yellow vaginal discharge with a fishy odor
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
This is an infection of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and/or ovaries. With PID, you have vaginal bleeding with 2 or more of these problems:
|Abdominal tenderness and/or bloating
|Pain in the pelvis, lower abdomen, or back. The pain can be severe enough to make you walk bent over and to take small steps.
|Pain during intercourse
|The skin on your abdomen feels sensitive.
|Vaginal discharge with abnormal color or odor
|Change in menstrual flow
Vaginal Yeast Infection
This is caused by an overgrowth of the fungus, Candida albicans, which is normally present in the vagina. Taking some brands of birth control pills and/or an antibiotic may trigger this overgrowth.
Symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection are:
|Itching, irritation, and redness around the vagina
|Thick, white vaginal discharge that looks like cottage cheese and may smell like yeast
|Burning and/or pain with urinating or during sex
Vaginitis From Contact Dermatitis
This is a reaction to products that irritate the vaginal area, such as harsh detergents, scented items, douches, latex condoms, and tight-fitting clothing. With this, you have itching and redness in the outer genital area without other symptoms.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
These include genital herpes, genital warts, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis.
Treatment for the vaginal problem depends on the cause. Bacterial infections and PID are treated with antibiotics. Fungal infections are treated with antifungal medicines.
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