Gynecology & Women's Health located in Napa, CA


Vaginitis can make urinating, walking, and even sitting feel unbearable. If you’re experiencing uncomfortable symptoms, such as itching and abnormal discharge, John Armstrong Jr., MD, MS, provides timely and responsive care. He can alleviate the discomfort and inconvenience caused by vaginitis. Call John T. Armstrong Jr. MD Inc. in Napa, California, today or schedule an appointment online to learn more. The gynecology clinic also welcomes telehealth visits.

Vaginitis Q & A

What is vaginitis?

Vaginitis refers to a group of inflammatory conditions that affect the vagina. These conditions are complex and difficult to diagnose. They can be infectious or noninfectious, depending on the specific cause. Common types of vaginitis include:

  • Yeast infection
  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Viral vaginitis
  • Noninfectious vaginitis
  • Trichomoniasis vaginitis

With access to the latest diagnostic tools and treatments, Dr. Armstrong can provide comprehensive care for all types of vaginitis.

I think I have vaginitis. How can I tell?

Vaginitis symptoms can vary but often include:

  • Vaginal itching
  • Foul odor
  • Thick, watery, discharge resembling cottage cheese
  • Pain when urinating
  • Discomfort during sex
  • Bleeding or spotting

Changes in your discharge can help indicate the type of vaginitis you have. For example, a yeast infection typically causes white discharge, while bacterial vaginosis can lead to grayish, foul-smelling discharge. Trichomoniasis discharge is usually green or yellow.

What is the main cause of vaginitis?

Bacteria is the main cause of vaginitis. Factors that can increase your risk of developing this inflammatory disorder include:

  • Douching
  • Spermicide use
  • Sex
  • Birth control 
  • Pregnancy or menopause
  • Tight-fitting clothes
  • Diabetes

Many hygiene products, including vaginal sprays, deodorants, and bubble baths, can also lead to vaginitis.

How do you diagnose vaginitis?

Diagnosing vaginitis usually requires a comprehensive physical exam and testing of the pH of vaginal fluids. Your gynecologist may also collect a sample to view under a microscope, ensuring you receive the appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

What are the treatments for vaginitis?

Antibacterial and antifungal medications are crucial to treat vaginitis. Your gynecologist can recommend the right medication depending on your specific type of vaginitis. Treatment protocols typically last about two weeks. If you’re prone to vaginitis, your gynecologist may recommend taking precautionary measures to prevent recurrent infections. These include:

  • Wearing loose-fitting clothes
  • Investing in breathable, moisture-wicking fabrics
  • Using barrier birth control methods
  • Avoiding vaginal soaps, perfumes, and douches
  • Consuming probiotics
  • Scheduling regular well-woman exams

Vaginitis is uncomfortable, but partnering with a gynecologist who understands your needs can make a positive difference in your care. Call John T. Armstrong Jr. MD Inc. today or schedule an appointment online to learn more. The practice also encourages telehealth visits for your comfort and convenience.