Gynecological infections aren't just uncomfortable: they're embarrassing! But you don't have to endure your discomfort. Armed with practical knowledge about the various types of infections, you can become empowered to prevent or treat them. This is the place where you can come to read up on everything you need to know about all the different types of gynecological infections.

The unfortunate fact is that most women will be called upon to deal with one or another type of vaginal infection in the course of their lifetimes. They may discover they have bacterial vaginosis, or perhaps a yeast infection: a most unpleasant experience. But there are ways and means to prevent or treat these infections and their nasty symptoms.

Something's Not Right

In general, when there is a vaginal infection of any kind, women have a sense that something is wrong in the vaginal area even if they don't understand the exact nature of that problem. One of the most common signs that something isn't right is a change in your vaginal discharge. The change may be only about volume: you see more discharge than is usual for you. Or perhaps the discharge has a different color, texture, or odor. If you have a thick, white discharge, or the discharge develops a strong, unpleasant odor, you probably do have a vaginal infection. In this section, we provide you with the information you need to learn how to read these changes in your vaginal discharge.

Yeast infections are the most common reason for irritation in the vulvar area. These infections can be a source of intense discomfort and are accompanied by a thick white vaginal discharge. You may feel a sort of pounding sensation in your vulva that doesn't let up but rather intensifies as time goes on, along with intense and ceaseless itching. The discharge associated with this type of infection resembles cottage or ricotta cheese.

Harmful Bacteria

Another common type of vaginal infection is bacterial vaginosis. In this condition, there is a disruption in the balance of the vagina's bacterial flora. The vagina is then overrun by colonies of other, harmful bacteria.

Bacteria belonging to the Lactobacillus family are the usual "good" bacteria found in the vagina. When there is bacterial vaginosis, there will be an overwhelming increase in bacteria such as Mycoplasma hominis, Prevotella, Mobiluncus, Bacteroides, or Garnerella vaginalis. This type of infection is common in women during their childbearing years. In the United States, bacterial vaginosis tends to often affect pregnant women.

Urinary tract infections are also a problem for many women. The condition is not just uncomfortable or even painful, but can cause damage to major organs such as the kidneys. We tell you how to prevent these infections and how to recognize them should they occur. Prompt, early treatment is crucial, but quite effective.

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