What's That Itch Down There?
Gyno problems, spotted
Different gyno problems can have symptoms so similar that even doctors may have a hard time figuring out what’s going on. Here’s a quick primer.
Overgrowth of fungus; can be brought on by antibiotics, birth control pills, menstruation, and pregnancy, among other things
Symptoms: Burning, itching; a white, lumpy discharge
Treatment: OTC or prescription anti-fungal medication
Sexually transmitted parasite
Symptoms: Burning, itching; a green, frothy discharge
An imbalance in the "good" and "bad" bacteria of the vagina caused by unknown factors (smoking, douching, and having a new sex partner are all thought to increase your risk)
Symptoms: Bad, sometimes fishy odor; yellow or grayish discharge; may cause burning or itching
Irritation from ingredients in spermicide, scented products like tampons and pads, or laundry detergent
Symptoms: Burning, itching; non-smelly discharge
Treatment: Identifying and stopping use of the allergen
Thinning and inflammation of the vaginal tissues due to a drop in estrogen during menopause (and sometimes breast-feeding)
Symptoms: Burning, itching; pain during sex
Treatment: OTC or prescription vaginal moisturizers