Overview of cervicitis

Cervicitis is inflammation of the cervix, the opening to the uterus. More than half of adult women experience cervicitis in their lifetimes. The common cervicitis symptoms include:

  • Bleeding after sex, between periods, or after menopause
  • Gray, green, brown, yellow, or foul-smelling vaginal discharge
  • Pain during sex
  • Vaginal pain
  • Frequent, painful urination

However, most women do not have any obvious signs and symptoms. Doctors often discover cervicitis during Pap tests or pelvic exams. Find a Doctor at Dignity Health to receive screening tests and a diagnosis for cervicitis in AZ, CA, and NV.

Causes of cervicitis

Infections are the most common cause of cervicitis. Other possible cervicitis causes include:

  • Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes, human papillomavirus (HPV), and trichomoniasis
  • Trauma or irritation from devices that come into contact with the cervix, including tampons, cervical caps, diaphragms, and pessaries (devices used to treat uterine prolapse and incontinence)
  • Chemicals present in vaginal douches and contraceptive creams
  • Allergic reactions to latex in condoms or to an ingredient in a spermicide or douche solution
  • An overgrowth of bacteria commonly found in the vagina