Vaginitis is inflammation of the vagina. It is often the result of infection by any of a number of organisms. Such infection can be sexually transmitted. But menopausal women may develop a type of inflammation called atrophic vaginitis, which is not due to infection but the result of hormonal change.
i. vaginal discharge which is excessive, white/yellow/green and foul-smelling
ii. Pain/soreness of the vulva/vagina during urination/sexual intercourse. In severe casses, even the mild friction of walking gives rise to a burning sensation
iii.Itch/vagina irritation, in some cases
i. Chronic (long-term) vaginitis.
ii. Pelvic infection, where the vaginal infection spreads up to the cervix, whomb and fallopian tubes.
iv. infection of the newborn baby.
A. Infection by any of the following organism.
i. Bacteria e.g chlamydia infection, gonorrhoea.
ii. Fungi e.g thrush.
iii. Protozoa e.g trichomonas infection.
iv. Viruses e.g genital herpes.
B. Hormonal changes in menopausal women giving rise to atrophic vaginitis, where the dry ang thining/delicate vaginal tissue becames more prone to injury and inflammation.
C. Sensitivity to spermicides/vaginal douches/deodorants.
D. Forgotten tampon.
i. Wash the genital area at least once a day when you bathe. Use mild non-perfumed soap and avoid talcum powder, if you skin is sensitive.
ii. When wiping the genital area, wipe gently from front to back without breaking/injuring the skin.
iii. Avoid spermicides, if you are sensitive to them.
iv. Avoid vaginal preparations particularly if you sensitive to them (deodorants and so on). This are not really necessary.
v. Wear loose underwear/pants made of fabrics that allow the area to 'breath'.
vi. During the menstruation, avoid wearing the same sanitary napkin for long periods. Always check whether you have removed the last tampon.
vii. Use lubricant for sexual intercourse, if necessary.
viii. When you are nearing to menopause, consult you doctor/gynecologist to see if you need hormone replacement therapy.
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A tube of absorbent material, such as cotton, that comes in various sizes that fit snugly in the vagina to absorb the menstrual flow.