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Find out about the symptoms, causes and treatment of vaginitis.
Vaginitis means soreness and swelling (inflammation) of the vagina, which means only people with a vagina can get it. It is not a sexually transmitted infection but sex or foreplay can trigger it and so can some sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Not everyone with vaginitis will experience all or any of these symptoms but symptoms of vaginitis can include:
Vaginitis may be caused by STIs such as:
It may also be caused by:
Vaginitis can be diagnosed by describing your symptoms to your GP or a health professional. You should get advice if you haven’t had a vaginal infection before or if your symptoms are different to previous times. You should also get advice if you have a new sexual partner.
Please be aware that you can be tested and treated for vaginitis at your nearest GP surgery or at GUM or sexual health clinics. Find your nearest clinic using our find a service tool. Brook services do not offer testing or treatment for vaginitis but if we think you may have vaginitis, we will always do our best to advise you on where you can go for further help.
Because vaginitis is often a side-effect of other conditions, treatment depends on what is causing it. For example, bacterial infections are usually treated with antibiotics and fungal infections such as thrush are usually treated with antifungal medicines.
Not an STI but STIs can trigger it.
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