According to your ObGyn Chico, vaginal infections – such as vaginitis – can result in infection or inflammation of the vaginal area, which can then be exchanged between sexual partners during intercourse.
Organisms such as yeast and bacteria, and some of the chemicals found in certain creams and sprays, are often the source of these conditions.
Your ObGyn Chico will establish the origin of your vaginal infection by assessing the symptoms you are experiencing, which may include:
- A burning feeling while urinating;
- Itching, typically around the vaginal area;
- Abnormal vaginal discharge often accompanied by an unpleasant odor;
- Painful intercourse.
The key to the effective treatment of vaginal infections is proper diagnosis by your ObGyn Chico. This is not always easy to do because similar symptoms can be present in different forms of vaginitis.
In many cases, women mistakenly think they have a “yeast infection” and treat themselves when, in fact, they have a vaginal infection that will not respond to self-treatment with non-prescription yeast medications.
Because different kinds of vaginal infections have different causes, the treatment you receive needs to be specific to the type of the infection you have. So, it’s recommended that you see your ObGyn before self-treating with any form of over-the-counter medications.
The important thing is not to guess, but to identify the symptoms if you develop a vaginal infection. If you have any concerns, see your ObGyn Chico for precise testing and to get the most appropriate and effective treatment right away.
Don’t wait – call us today at (530) 332-9288 to schedule your confidential consultation.