Written by Dr. P. Sunitha, MBBS | 
Medically Reviewed by dr. reeja tharu / dr. sunil shroff, MBBS, MS, FRCS (UK), D. Urol (Lond) on Jan 31, 2018

About Vaginitis

Vaginitis is an infection or inflammation of the vagina, which occurs due to an overgrowth of infective organisms or due to irritation caused by chemicals, like soap and deodorants.

The features of Vaginitis are:

  • An abnormal discharge
  • Vulvovaginal discomfort, or
  • Both the vagina is a tubular tract and serves as a conduit between the uterus and the outside. Many bacteria grow naturally in the vagina. Some of the normal inhabitants of the vagina are yeast, streptococcus, staphylococcus and lactobacillus.

The vagina has an acidic pH, which is maintained by the bacteria, lactobacillus. The normal pH of the vagina is 3.8 - 4.5. This acidity helps to keep the vagina clean and also to prevent infections.


Splits up glycogen present in the cells

Production of lactic acid

Maintains the acidity of the vagina

Prevents infections

The normal vaginal secretions are usually thin or thick, clear in nature and white in color, without any odor. These secretions vary in intensity throughout the menstrual cycle, since hormones influence them.

There is an increase in the normal vaginal secretions during ovulation (mid - cycle) and in the premenstrual phase (week before a period). Other conditions associated with an increase in the normal vaginal discharge are pregnancy, use of oral contraceptive pills, sexual excitement, breast-feeding and stress.

Vaginitis - References

  1. Vaginitis - (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/vaginitis/DS00255)
  2. About Vaginitis - (http://www.emedicine.com/emerg/topic631.htm)

Latest Publications and Research on Vaginitis


gurudatt Friday, September 27, 2013

Can I Take ciplox tz for penile yeast infection

ayesha_sharma Wednesday, October 3, 2012

My vulvovaginitis is due to Microorganisms: Coagulase Negative Staphylococci and Candida in urine. Can anyone plz tell me how long will I have to take the treatment? Will the treatment include only medicines and creams? Plz tell me, i m in a great tension.

jean_thomas Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Many women are embarrassed by vaginal odor. I admit, I find it difficult to even sit alone in my darkened room and type the word “smegma.” But almost every woman will deal with this issue at some point in her life. Really, the natural state of the vagina is a little smelly, if you ask me.http://www.revirgination.net/Vaginal-Odor.html But there’s a normal, typical kind of odor, and then there’s an odor. And, if you are concerned with vaginal odor, it is the change in vaginal odor that you need to pay most attention to.

drmustafa Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Very good article for lay man as well as health care persons

sunny1 Monday, December 25, 2006

Vaginitis in old post-menopausal women is due to lack of hormones. The urethra can also be involved and give rise to recurrent urinary tract infecton. It is almost like the normal grease is missing. Useful information.

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