Vaginal Infections


Vaginitis is a medical term used by Dr. Valone your Des Moines gynecologist to describe various conditions that cause infection or inflammation of the vagina.  If both the vagina and the vulva are inflamed, the condition is referred to as Vulvovaginitis.

Organisms such as bacteria and yeast, as well as the chemicals found in some creams or spray, are often the cause for these conditions.  Vaginitis can also be passed between sexual partners.

Symptoms of a Vaginal Infection

Your Des Moines gynecologist will determine the cause of your vaginal infection by reviewing the symptoms you are experiencing.  While some women experience no symptoms, others report:

  • Burning sensation when urinating;
  • Itching around the vagina;
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge sometimes accompanied by an unpleasant odor;
  • Pain or discomfort during intercourse.

For years diagnosis of a vaginal infection was based on visualization of the discharge or simple in-office testing.  Dr. Valone was one of the first physicians in Des Moines to offer the “One Swab” test.  This highly sophisticated lab test detects the presence of every organism known to cause vaginal infections and essentially eliminates any guesswork in the treatment.

Treatment of Vaginal Infections

The key to proper treatment of vaginal infections is proper diagnosis by your Des Moines gynecologist. This is not always easy since the same symptoms can exist in different forms of vaginitis. You can greatly assist your doctor by paying close attention to exactly which symptoms you have and when they occur, along with a description of the color, consistency, amount, and smell of any abnormal discharge.

Do not douche or use over the counter creams before your visit to our Des Moines ObGyn office; it will make accurate testing difficult or impossible.

Because different types of vaginal infections have different causes, the treatment needs to be specific to the type of the infection that is present. It is best to see Dr. Valone your Des Moines gynecologist before self-treating with over-the-counter medications.

We want to be your Des Moines gynecologist; if you feel that you may have a vaginal infection, call our office today at (515) 225-7201 to set up an appointment or to talk to any of our highly qualified staff members. We look forward to serving you.

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