Most women experience some kind of vaginal infection from time to time between the onset of their periods and menopause, and even beyond. Vaginal infections are not only painful, but like any infection, they can become dangerous if they are not treated appropriately and on time.
The symptoms of these types of infections are all pretty much the same; usually, a test is required to determine the exact cause. Symptoms may include: odor, change or increase in discharge (may be a variety of colors), redness and swelling, general pain, sexual discomfort, and pain or burning during urination.
Here’s a little bit of information about the three most common types of infections.
Many women may not be aware that a low level of yeast is always present in most women’s vagina. Yeast is basically a fungus, and it tends to thrive in areas where it is warm and moist, which is why it is often present in the underarm area as well. Yeast infections occur in the vaginal area primarily due to some changes in the vaginal environment. For example, if a woman uses antibiotics or steroids, she may involuntarily be causing the yeast to multiply to out of control levels.
Other reasons may include pregnancy, menstruation, or even just the presence of sperm. There are many over-the-counter medications that a woman can treat herself with at home, but if symptoms persist and fever develops, she should contact her doctor immediately or go to the hospital.
Bacterial infections are difficult to distinguish from others, but the symptoms are quite similar. As with yeast, there are organisms that naturally flourish and exist within the confines of the vaginal walls. These organisms are actually helpful in keeping down the level of harmful bacteria that may invade the organ; but some women, for unknown reasons, do not have appropriate levels of good organisms in their vagina’s and consequently sometimes bacteria will take control and cause an infection. Treatments are by prescription, and tests and a doctor’s visit are usually required in order to get well.
Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease which may be suffered by both men and women but is most common in women. It is caused by an insidious one-cell parasite that can cause vaginal symptoms to appear within just a few days. It cannot be treated at home and requires a doctor’s visit and prescription medications to clear up. The bad news is that trichomoniasis may cause infertility in both men and women; the good news is that with treatment the parasite will be completely killed and the patient is cured.
Vaginal infections may also cause the muscles down there to get weak, that is why some women have loose lady parts. Read the article How To Instantly Make Your Vagina Tighter in 2016, and learn how you can strengthen your vaginal muscles. Also, it is very important that you contact a doctor when symptoms of a vaginal infection appear and get it taken care of as soon as possible.