Quite a few issues can cause vaginal infections; this can range from a sexually transmitted infection (STI) to something simple like irritation from soaps or feminine sprays. Of course, the best option is to prevent infections by understanding risk factors, but this is not always an option. Fortunately, most vaginal infections are easily diagnosed and treated.
At Pacific Women’s Center, we offer testing and treatment for all types of vaginal infections. Below, you’ll find a list of three of the most common types of infections and a few warning signs to be aware of.
- Vaginitis – This is a term that covers a number of infections including bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections, and trichomoniasis. Vaginitis is characterized by swelling or inflammation that causes itching, burning, and abnormal discharge. If you experience any of these issues, please contact Pacific Women’s Center to make an appointment. Your physician will perform a simple test to determine your diagnosis. An STI screening may be performed depending on the symptoms present.
- Urinary Tract Infections – A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common infection that is caused by bacteria moving up the urethra and into the bladder. A UTI is diagnosed by a urine sample test and treatment is usually a course of antibiotics. Symptoms of a UTI may include back/kidney pain, burning during urination, and frequent/urgent urination.
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease – This is an infection caused by bacteria moving through the vagina and into the upper reproductive organs. Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is most often caused by an untreated vaginal infection or STI like gonorrhea. PID can cause serious complications if left untreated, so if you feel you are at risk, please schedule an appointment at Pacific Women’s Center as quickly as possible. PID is almost always preventable and treatable.
All of the physicians here at Pacific Women’s Center are experienced in identifying and treating all types of vaginal infections. If you are experiencing any symptoms listed above, give us a call at 541-342-8616 and schedule an appointment as soon as you can.