Background

Vaginitis is inflammation of the vagina.

Causes

Infections

  • Yeast infection — whitish itchy discharge with little smell — increased by antibiotics or excess sugar intake
  • Bacterial — often with a fishy smell
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Other infections

Hormonal deficiencies

Hormonal (estrogen) deficiencies during menopause.

Irritating substances

Treatment

Therapies & Advice

Check for STDs

To rule out a sexually transmitted disease, it is best that vaginitis be evaluated by a gynecologist.

If yeast vaginitis

If yeast vaginitis, avoid antibiotics and sugar. Adding a teaspoon of plain yogurt with LIVE bacterial culture vaginally daily can help restore healthy balance and may help eliminate an acute infection as well. Tea tree oil suppositories (irritating) may also help, but frankly the OTC Monistat (miconazole) or Mycelex (Clotrimazole) vaginal creams are safer and more reliable. Also see Candida. Probiotics by mouth may decrease recurrence as well.

Check for infections

For other infections, consult your gynecologist.

Check for hormonal deficiencies

For hormonal deficiencies, consider bioidentical estrogen (see Menopause).

Contributor: 

Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. is a board certified internist and author of the popular free iPhone application “Cures A-Z,” which was ranked in the top 10 of all health/wellness downloads on iTunes. Dr. Teitelbaum is the author of the perennial bestseller From Fatigued to Fantastic! (Avery Penguin), which has sold over half a million copies; Pain Free 1-2-3 (McGraw-Hill); Three Steps to Happiness: Healing Through Joy (Deva Press); the Beat Sugar Addiction Now! series (Fair Winds Press);  Real Cause, Real Cure (Rodale Press); The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution (Penguin/Avery); and his latest, The Complete Guide to Beating Sugar Addiction (Fair Winds Press, 2015).