If you are pregnant, talk with
your doctor if you have any symptoms. Some problems can affect your pregnancy,
so it is important to talk with your doctor and get the right treatment.
Yeast infection: If
you have had a yeast infection before and can recognize the symptoms, and you
aren't pregnant, you can treat yourself at home with medicines you can buy
without a prescription. You can use an antifungal cream or suppository that you
put into your vagina. Or your doctor may prescribe antifungal tablets that you
Bacterial vaginosis: Doctors
usually use antibiotics to treat this problem. It is usually a mild problem.
But it can lead to more serious problems, so it's a good idea to see your
doctor and get treatment.
This infection is also treated with antibiotics. Both you and your sex partner
Atrophic vaginitis: This
usually is treated with estrogen creams or tablets.
How can you prevent vaginitis?
Do not take antibiotics unless you really
Do not douche.
Do not use feminine deodorant
sprays or other perfumed products in or around your vagina.
your period, change tampons at least 3 times a day, or switch between tampons
and pads. Don't leave tampons in for more than 8 hours. And be sure to remove
the last tampon you use.
Use a condom during sex. Limit your number
of sex partners.