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When should you call your doctor about vaginal infections and vaginitis?

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You should call your doctor when:

  • Your vaginal discharge changes color, is heavier, or smells different
  • You notice itching, burning, swelling, or soreness around or outside of your vagina
  • It burns when you urinate
  • Sex is uncomfortable

SOURCES:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Vaginitis."

Office of Women's Health: "Sexual Transmitted Infections Fact Sheet;" "Bacterial Vaginosis;" and "Vaginal Yeast Infection."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Vaginal Discharge."

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists: "Vaginitis."

Hall Health Center, University of Washington: "Yeast Infections."

Planned Parenthood: "Yeast Infection & Vaginitis."

Egan, M. American Family Physician, 2000.

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on August 17, 2020

SOURCES:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Vaginitis."

Office of Women's Health: "Sexual Transmitted Infections Fact Sheet;" "Bacterial Vaginosis;" and "Vaginal Yeast Infection."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Vaginal Discharge."

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists: "Vaginitis."

Hall Health Center, University of Washington: "Yeast Infections."

Planned Parenthood: "Yeast Infection & Vaginitis."

Egan, M. American Family Physician, 2000.

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on August 17, 2020

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