What Causes Vaginitis and How Common is It?

By: james sameul

Vaginitis is an inflammation of the vagina, and affects women of all ages. Infections and allergies can cause vaginitis. Inflammation occurs when hormones, hygiene, bacteria, or sexual activity throw off the delicate balance of microorganisms inside the vagina. Vaginitis symptoms and treatment differ depending on the causative agent: bacteria, the protozoan parasite Trichomonas vaginalis, yeast, an allergen, or a decrease in estrogen. About 75% of all women will suffer from at least one yeast infection; half will have more than one during their lifetimes. Some vaginal infections, such as bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis, put women at greater risk for more serious conditions, such as premature delivery of a baby.

Bacteria, yeast, viruses, chemicals in creams or sprays, or even clothing can cause vaginitis. Sometimes, vaginitis occurs from organisms that are passed between sexual partners. In addition, the vaginal environment is influenced by a number of different factors including a woman's health, her personal hygiene, medications, hormones (particularly estrogen), and the health of her sexual partner. A disturbance in any of these factors can trigger vaginitis.

Infection - Candida trachomatis is a common cause of infection. In addition, the bacteria that normally inhabit the vagina can multiply for unknown reasons and cause a strong-smelling vaginal discharge. This is known as non-specific vaginitis.

Allergic reaction - this may be caused by spermicidal creams, bath oils or soaps.

Yeast infections
Yeast infections occur when certain internal or external factors change the normal environment of your vagina and trigger an overgrowth of a microscopic fungus - the most common being C. albicans. A yeast infection isn't considered a sexually transmitted disease. Besides causing most vaginal yeast infections, C. albicans also causes infections in other moist areas of your body, such as in your mouth (thrush), skin folds and fingernail beds. The fungi can also cause diaper rash.

When normal, the healthy female can have more or less leucorrhea, its characteristic is: (1) the ovulation period leucorrhea egg final proof is likely transparent, may pull the very long silk; (2) around the menstruation may slightly bring red, (3) the menstruation second half of quantity are few, wiredrawing difference. In the puberty, the menstruation intermediate stage, the menstruation earlier period, the gestation period, the quantity want many, other time leucorrhea's quantity are not many.

Hormonal Vaginitis - most often occurs in postpartum or postmenopausal women in the form of atrophic (thinning) vaginitis. Hormonal vaginitis can also occur in prepubescent girls due to endocrine system imbalance.

Vaginitis is usually caused by an infection. The infection can be transmitted through sex. Vaginitis is rarely caused by stds.

Unhygienic conditions combined with wrong dietary habits increase toxemia thereby lowering body resistance. According to the nature cure philosophy, whenever the body is loaded with toxins or morbid matter, it tried to eliminate it through the eliminative organs. In women, this elimination is established in the form of profused discharge, that is leucorrhoea, initially, in later stages, the discharge can become offensive in cases of chronic inflammation.

Vaginitis has various causes. It may result from bacterial infections, fungal infection, protozoan infection, contact dermatitis or even an allergic reaction. Vaginitis affects millions of women and is one of the primary reasons women visit their doctor. Trichomonas is sexually transmitted, but other vaginitis infections are not usually sexually transmitted.

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