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A vaginal infection, also called vaginitis, occurs when the vagina becomes inflamed, and causes itching, irritation, odor, or a discharge. Vaginal infections are caused by a variety of factors, but the most common is a change in the type of bacteria found in the vagina.
At Dignity Health, experienced gynecologists offer personalized care and clinical expertise to treat a wide range of vaginal infections throughout the Sacramento region. To receive the trusted women’s health services you need, Find a Doctor near you today.
Our caring, skilled gynecologists provide complete care to evaluate, diagnose, and treat the following types of vaginal infections:
Vaginal infections are most often caused by bacterial vaginosis (BV). In these cases, a change or imbalance has taken place in the types of bacteria normally found in the vagina. This causes an overgrowth of organisms (such as Gardnerella vaginalis), leading to inflammation.
The most common symptoms of vaginal infections include:
Your gynecologist at Dignity Health will assess your symptoms, and may order urine tests and vaginal cultures to determine a diagnosis. The type of treatment we recommend will depend on the organism that is causing infection, how severe it is, how long you have had the infection, and if you are pregnant. Common treatments for vaginal infections may include antifungal pills, antibiotics, or vaginal suppositories.