Cirvicitis


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