Over the course of a year, about 15% of all women will complain of vaginal symptoms that they consider to be a vaginal infection. Only about half of these women will see their health care professional, and most will take a trip to their regular drugstore to purchase over-the-counter antifungal preparations. This may help, but many times it may delay the true diagnosis and treatment.
The term vaginitis is often used to refer to the symptoms of a vaginal discharge, an itchy irritating sensation, and an abnormal odor. Over my next few posts, we will touch on bacterial vaginosis, vulvovaginitis, and trichomoniasis.