Almost every other woman would experience some kind of vaginal problem or the other at least once in her lifetime. And even though most of these problems would be harmless and easily curable, there may some issues that would stem from a deeper source and could spell trouble for the concerned person if not treated on time.
Symptoms Of Vaginal Problems
So how do you know whether you have a vaginal problem or not? Simple, you just check for changes in your otherwise regular bodily functions. Accordingly, vaginal problems can show certain specific symptoms in women including abnormal vaginal discharge, frequent urination, vaginal odor, burning urination, itching, burning sensation in the vagina etc.
Common Vaginal Problems And Their Causes
Here are some of the most common vaginal problems experienced by women from time to time and the possible causes for the same as well. Knowing these issues and what causes them would help us understand the best ways to tackle these problems effectively.
Abnormal Vaginal Discharge
A common occurrence in many women, abnormal vaginal discharge is characterized by a sudden change in the normal levels of vaginal secretion and could be caused by infections like candidiasis, trochomoniasis, bacterial vaginosis, herpes or HPV. Infections arising in the cervical and pelvic regions can also cause abnormal vaginal discharge in women.
Other conditions that could lead to abnormal vaginal discharge include douching, sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea or Chlamydia, foreign objects (like forgotten tampons or cotton balls) inside the vagina, hormonal medicines or certain sexual practices etc.
The most common forms of vaginal infections experienced by women include candidiasis, bacterial vaginosis, and trochomoniasis. These infections are usually caused by a significant imbalance in the good bacteria levels in the body. Increased levels of bad bacteria in the vagina can trigger off such infections which if left untreated could cause more serious issues like abnormal vaginal discharge, vaginal odor, vaginal inflammation, itching and redness in the vaginal area, burning urination, bloody urination, painful menstruation, painful sexual intercourse, and pelvic inflammatory infections etc.
Some of the more common causes for these vaginal infections include pinworms (that move from the anus to the vagina), or bacteria present in the throat (tonsillitis) or respiratory system that reach the vagina via the hands.
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
A much more serious issue when compared to the other vaginal problems, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease is characterized by a myriad of symptoms including abdominal pain and bloating, painful sex, menstrual cramps, abnormal vaginal discharge, abnormal menstrual bleeding, nausea and fever etc.
PID is usually caused when a vaginal infection is ignored until it flares up and spreads to the other parts of the body, including the uterus, fallopian tubes or the pelvic region. And although other bacterial infections can be treated easily, PID would need immediate diagnosis and treatment for best and safe results.
The vulvar happens to be the vaginal opening and can be affected by conditions like pregnancy, birth control pills, pain, injury, noninfectious vaginitis, allergic reactions, hormonal imbalances, irregular bowel movements and urination or sexual abuse etc.
Also called as vulvodynia, vulvar pain can be caused by a sore, lump, blister or rash present in the vulvar area. While conditions like rashes can be caused by allergic reactions to medications, chemicals present in soaps and body washes, improper cleansing and hygiene, wet or extremely tight clothing, or injury caused by an accident; conditions like lumps, inflammation, blisters or sores could stem from other health related disorders and so would need a doctor’s diagnosis in order to ascertain the correct cause.
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