Vaginitis: What Causes It and How Can I Avoid It?
The causes of vaginitis differ for each type. Sexually transmitted diseases are transmitted from other people, and in the case of trichomoniasis, even from wet towels, swimsuits, clothes, etc. Therefore, the causes in this case are clear, while, obviously, the likelihood of infection increases as the number of partners increases and protective practices are not followed.
Conversely, in bacterial and fungal vaginitis, the causes may be different for each patient, and in some cases, may never be found. Generally, hormonal changes during menopause and breastfeeding, or due to contraceptive use, vaginal washes, sprays, scented soaps, detergents, toilet paper, or tampons can irritate the vagina. Additionally, skin conditions in the genital area such as eczema, conditions like iron deficiency and diabetes, and specific antibiotics or steroid drugs can contribute to the development of vaginitis. In the case of frequent relapses, the root cause is often found in disturbances of the vaginal microflora.
To avoid developing vaginitis, follow these tips:
- Always use a condom during sexual intercourse
- Wear loose, cotton underwear and tights
- Wash the external area of the vagina with plenty of water and dry well
- Do not perform internal vaginal washes
- Do not use scented hygiene products, soaps, or deodorants in and around the vagina
- After using the toilet, wipe from front to back
- Avoid using tampons
- Avoid hot baths and whirlpools
How Can We Help You?
If you have symptoms of vaginitis, have vaginitis that has not subsided after medication, have been frequently troubled by vaginitis in the past, have recently had an active sexual life, or simply want to be informed about vaginitis, it is important to visit us. Knowing your body, recognizing the symptoms of vaginitis, and knowing when to come for an examination is very important for quick treatment and minimal inconvenience, as well as for the timely diagnosis of an STD.
Treatment for vaginitis depends on its type and the causes that have provoked it. Vaginitis usually does not cause serious health problems but can be quite annoying. However, if they occur frequently, we may recommend, in addition to STD tests, exploring the possibility of being a symptom of other diseases such as diabetes, urinary system diseases, or other skin conditions.