Vaginitis is a medical term used to describe various disorders that cause Smell after period or inflammation of the vagina. Vulvovaginitis refers to inflammation of both the vagina and vulva the external female genitals. These conditions can result Smell after period an infection caused by organisms such as bacteria, yeast, or viruses. Irritations from chemicals in creams, sprays, or even clothing that are in contact with this area can also result in vaginitis.
In some cases, vaginitis results from organisms that are passed between sexual partners, vaginal dryness and lack of estrogen. During the normal menstrual cyclethe amount and consistency of discharge changes. At one time of the month there may be a small amount of a very thin or watery discharge.
At another time, usually the latter part of the menstrual cycle a more extensive thicker discharge may appear. All of these descriptions could be considered normal.
A vaginal discharge that has an odor or that is irritating usually is considered an abnormal discharge. The irritation might be itching or burning, or both. The burning could feel like a bladder infection. The itching may be present at any time of the day, but it often is most bothersome at night. These symptoms often are made worse by sexual intercourse. It is important to see your healthcare professional if there has been a change Smell after period the amount, color, or smell of the discharge that persists beyond a few days.
Each of these vaginal infections can have different symptoms or no symptoms at all. In fact, diagnosis can even be tricky for an experienced clinician.
Sometimes more than one type of vaginitis can be present at the same time. Yeast infections of the vagina are what most women think of when they hear the term vaginitis.
Yeast infections are caused by one of the many species of fungus called candida. Candida normally live in the vagina, as well as in the mouth and digestive tract of both men and women.
An infection occurs when the normally occurring candida increase in number to cause bothersome symptoms. Yeast infections produce a thick, white vaginal discharge with the consistency of cottage cheese. Although the discharge can be somewhat watery, it is generally odorless. Yeast infections usually cause the vagina and the vulva to be very itchy and red, sometimes swollen even before the onset of discharge.
As a result, the yeast overgrows and causes the infection. Other factors that can upset the delicate balance include pregnancywhich changes hormone Smell after period and diabeteswhich allows too much sugar in the urine and vagina. Bacterial vaginosis often will cause an abnormal smelling vaginal discharge. Smell after period odor may become more noticeable after intercourse. Redness or itching of the vagina are not common symptoms of bacterial vaginosis unless the woman has a co-infection of BV and yeast.
Some women with bacterial vaginosis have no symptoms at all, and the vaginitis is only discovered during a routine gynecologic exam.
Bacterial vaginosis is caused by a combination of several bacteria that typically live in the vagina. These bacteria seem to overgrow in much the same way as do candida when the vaginal pH balance is upset.
Because bacterial vaginosis is caused by bacteria and not by yeast, medicine that is appropriate for yeast is not effective against the bacteria that cause bacterial vaginosis. If fact, treating for the wrong condition can make symptoms worse. Bacterial vaginosis is not a sexually transmitted infectionbut it is seen more Smell after period in sexually active people. Risk factors for bacterial vaginosis Smell after period.
Not uncommonly, a woman can have itching, burning, and even a vaginal discharge, without having an infection. The most common cause is an allergic reaction or irritation from vaginal sprays, douches or spermicidal products. However, the skin around the vagina also can be sensitive to perfumed soaps, lotions, sexual lubricants, detergents and fabric softeners.
In addition, the long-term use of over-the-counter topical products to help block odor and itch can cause vaginitis. One example is inflammatory vaginitis which is characterized by thick, mucoid, yellow to green copious vaginal discharge commonly seen in menopausal women.
Atrophic vaginitis, also referred to as genitourinary symptoms of menopause and vulvovaginal atrophy, is another non-infectious form of vaginitis that results from a decrease in hormones. The vagina becomes dry or atrophic. This occurs primarily during perimenopause and postmenopause—either natural or surgical removal of ovaries. Breastfeeding and postpartum states can also contribute to atrophy.
The woman may notice pain especially with Smell after period intercoursevaginal Smell after period and burning, or symptoms of urinary urgency and frequency.