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3 Common Vaginal Infections

You’re feeling a little uncomfortable. Maybe you’re experiencing some itching, burning, and perhaps a smelly discharge from your vagina. These symptoms are inconvenient and even a little scary if you haven’t had them before. 

Our experts at ALON Family Health who provide women’s health services understand, and we’re ready to help. There are several common types of vaginal infections that many — in fact most — women experience at least once in their lives. 

There are several possible causes of your discomfort, but the following three types of infections are quite common. You may hear vaginal infection referred to as vaginitis, which is a broad term that means “inflammation of the vagina.” Not all infections cause inflammation, but many do. 

Yeast infection

The most common vaginal infection is a yeast infection, which is sometimes called candida because it’s caused by the fungus candida. There are lots of different types of candida, but the most common is Candida albicans. 

You always have some candida in your vagina, but when you have a yeast infection, you have an overgrowth. Overgrowth can be the result of numerous things, including pregnancy, birth control, and some conditions like diabetes or HIV. 

If you have a yeast infection, you may have a thick, white discharge that looks something like cottage cheese. You’re also likely to experience itching, as well as some redness. 

Bacterial vaginosis

Just as you always have yeast in your vagina, you also have what experts call friendly bacteria, called lactobacilli. When you don’t have enough lactobacilli, you develop bacterial vaginosis. 

Without enough lactobacilli, less friendly bacteria — infection-causing bacteria — can proliferate. No one is sure what causes the balance of bacteria to change. 

If you have bacterial vaginosis, you are likely to have a discharge. It may be thick and white, or slippery and clear. You may also notice a fishy smell, but you probably won’t have itching or burning. 

Trichomoniasis

The third most common vaginal infection is a sexually transmitted infection. It’s caused by a parasite that is passed from partner to partner during sexual intercourse. 

Trichomoniasis, which is sometimes called trich, causes many of the symptoms that other types of vaginal infections cause. For example, you may have a discharge, a fishy odor, burning, itching, or pain during intercourse. 

Although these are the three most common types of vaginal infections, they are not the only ones. If you’re having discomfort or other vaginal symptoms, we need to rule out causes that could create longer-term problems. 

We can effectively treat the infections listed above without much fuss, but there are other problems that require more intensive treatment. 

You don’t have to live with vaginal discomfort. Book an appointment at ALON Family Health and let our compassionate experts help you resolve your symptoms and enjoy good vaginal health. 

Book your appointment online or call us at 210-384-1195 and we’ll be happy to get you on our schedule. For your safety and convenience, we also offer telehealth appointments.

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