Gynecology - Vaginal/Vulvar Problems
Vaginitis is the medical name for an inflamation or infection of the vagina. Vaginitis is a very common problem that can occur in females of any age. When the vulva is also affected, it is called vulvovaginitis. (The vulva is the outside of the female genital area.).
Yeast infections of the vagina are caused by overgrowth of a fungus called Candida. The most common cause of vaginitis an overgrowth of bacteria normally found in the vagina. This is a condition called bacterial vaginosis or BV.
Your health care provider will examine you and do lab tests. The lab tests may include tests of vaginal discharge, urine tests, and blood tests.
The links to the left provide more detail in regards to the causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention of vaginitis.