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An infection happens when small, disease-causing germs (microbes) — such as viruses, fungi, or bacteria — live and grow in the body. Infections that commonly affect women include urinary tract infections, yeast infections, and sexually transmitted infections or diseases (STI/STDs), such as HPV, syphilis, gonorrhea, herpes, and chlamydia.
At Dignity Health, our gynecologists are highly experienced and can quickly diagnose and effectively treat a wide range of infections in the Bay Area. Find a Doctor who can provide quality, healing care to end uncomfortable symptoms.
Viruses, bacteria, and fungi can all cause infections. Your immune system usually stops infections from making you sick. However, some things can make you more likely to develop an infection:
Symptoms vary based on the type, severity, and location of the infection. Common symptoms include redness, inflammation, swelling, and pain. Some, but not all, infections may cause fever.
Most infections of a woman’s urinary or reproductive tract are due to fungus or bacteria, so Dignity Health doctors use antifungal or antibiotic medications to treat them. These treatments may be taken by mouth, inserted into the vagina, or applied directly to the genital area. Timely treatment of infections can relieve discomfort and improve overall health. If not treated, some infections can cause infertility.
Good hygiene practices can help prevent many infections. They include:
If you experience frequent infections, talk to you doctor about other strategies to reduce your risk and stay healthy.