Vulvovaginitis is not an STI. It is an inflammation or infection of the vulva or vagina. It is caused most often by yeast. Also by bacteria, viruses or parasites, poor hygiene, soaps or perfumes used in the vulva.
What are the symptoms?
Your genitals may itch or burn, and see “cottage cheese-like” vaginal discharge. Your genitals may look red and swollen.
How do I get tested?
A pelvic exam and testing of the discharge to look for overgrowth of fungus.
How do I get treated?
For yeast infections use antifungal creams. Keep the area clean and dry. Avoid tight fitting clothes, panty hose and soaps. Do not use a vaginal douche.
What if I don’t treat it?
Untreated yeast infection can be transmitted to other partners. Also, an untreated infection can cause discomfort.
How can I prevent it?
Keep your vulva clean but avoid strong soaps and perfumes in your genitals. Clean your genitals very well after using the toilet wiping from front to back. Do not use vaginal douche.