Vaginitis is inflammation of the vagina.
- Yeast infection — whitish itchy discharge with little smell — increased by antibiotics or excess sugar intake
- Bacterial — often with a fishy smell
- Other infections
Hormonal (estrogen) deficiencies during menopause.
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).