Vaginitis is inflammation of the vagina. It usually causes itching, burning, foul odor, or an increased amount of discharge. It can affect women of all ages and is very common. The vagina contains organisms like bacteria and yeast. If there is a change in the normal balance of these organisms, it can result in vaginitis.
To properly diagnose vaginitis, your physician will take a sample of your vaginal discharge. Several tests may be performed either in the office, or in labs. Do not use any vaginal medications for at least 3 days prior to your appointment in order to receive accurate test results. Also, avoid douching, spermicides, and sexual intercourse before your appointment.