Detailed Explanation Of Vaginal Issues

What are Vaginal issues?

Vaginal issues include discomfort, odour, pruritus and unusual vaginal discharge. These are common problems among women. Many women also encounter vaginitis and vaginal infections. 

Different types of vaginal issues

Below are some common types of vaginal problems:

  • Atrophic Vaginitis: It occurs due to a lack of estrogen in the body.
  • Desquamative Inflammatory Vaginitis: It happens due to an imbalance in vaginal PH.
  • Yeast Vulvovaginitis: It is caused by to use of several medications and health issues. 
  • Trichomoniasis: Vaginal problems due to sexual intercourse.
  • Bacterial Vaginosis: It includes an imbalance of usual vaginal flora.

Symptoms of vaginal issues

All kinds of vaginal issues share certain symptoms with a slight difference. Some of the most prevalent signs of the disease include: 

  • The visible change in the vaginal discharge amount and colour. 
  • Change in vaginal odour.
  • Itching, redness, inflammation and dryness.
  • Thinned mucosa.
  • Vaginal bleeding after sex or menopause or in between periods.
  • A bulge or mass in the vagina.
  • Pain in between the intercourse.

Causes of vaginal issues

Below are a few causes of vaginal issues: 

  • Imbalance of yeast and bacteria in your vagina. 
  • Having oral and anal or vaginal sex without protection. 
  • A significant drop in estrogen levels after menopause or during nursing.
  • Using a mixture of vinegar, water, iodine, baking soda or any other antiseptic ingredient to wash your vagina.
  • Using body wash and soap or spray perfume on the vaginal area.
  • Fearing synthetic or tight-fitting undergarments and bottoms that prevent airflow down there.
  • Laundry products like fabric softeners and scented detergents contribute to yeast infections.

When to see a doctor?

Some vaginal issues clear up on their own without the need for any treatment. However, if you're experiencing symptoms of vaginal infection or other issues for a considerable period, then you must get it checked. Book an appointment at Apollo Cradle, Koramangala and get a consultancy session by calling 1860 500 4424. 


  • Practice safe sex

Always use condoms during intercourse or have a mutually monogamous relationship with your partner. 

  • Get STI vaccination

Vaccinations can keep serious vaginal issues at bay, such as cervical cancer. It also prevents intercourse-related viruses like HPV and hepatitis B. 

  • Start Kegel workout 

This type of exercise helps you tone the muscles of your pelvic floor. Kegel exercise is helpful in case of urine leaks, pelvic floor weakness, and prolapse.

  • Acknowledge your medicinal uses

Some medications, like a combination of oral contraceptives, corticosteroids, certain antibiotics and estrogen therapy, must be taken under a doctor's guidance. These medications can cause vaginal side effects.

  • Avoid smoking and consume limited alcohol amounts

Misuse of alcohol and other addictive substances impairs sexual function. 

Remedies/ Treatment

The appropriate treatment for vaginal issues depends on the cause of the problem. Generally, your doctor will prescribe you the following medications:

  • Bacterial infection: Clindamycin or metronidazole in gel, cream, or tablet form.
  • Yeast infection: Suppositories or antifungal creams.
  • Trichomoniasis: Tinidazole or Metronidazole in the tablet form.
  • Atrophic vaginitis, vaginal dryness, and irritation: Estrogen creams or tablets.

Request an appointment at Apollo Cradle, Hyderabad - Kondapur. Call 1860-500-1066 to book an appointment.

1. Can I use over-the-counter treatment for a vaginal infection?

Several effective over-the-counter medications can treat vaginal bacterial and yeast infections. However, these medications should only be used when you are sure you have developed a yeast infection. It is best to consult with your healthcare provider to ensure you are getting the appropriate self-treatment.

2. How long do common vaginal issues like infections and itching last?

If you use any prescribed medication, the issue will clear up after a few days of use. However, the complete treatment will take longer than a week or more for more severe cases. Ensure you are using the medication as suggested by the health care professional. Please do not stop the medication before its prescribed course; otherwise, the problem may reappear.

3. Does my sexual partner need treatment if I have a vaginal infection?

If you have a heterosexual relationship, the chances of passing vaginal infection to your partner are low. However, those who are involved in homosexual relationships must get checked after any intimate contact. They should look out for symptoms.

4. Can I test for a yeast infection at home?

You can look out for the most common symptoms of yeast infection. These include thick and white discharge with a cottage cheese texture, a feeling of burning during pee or intercourse etc. You may also notice visible changes in your vaginal area, such as swelling and redness.

5. What is the most reliable and fast way to eliminate vaginal issues?

Visiting a gynaecologist is the best way to get proper treatment. They will help you to get rid of the infection faster.

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