According to Fresno OB-GYN Dr. Gail Mallard-Warren, the symptoms of a vaginal infection can differ greatly depending on what is causing it. Some women have no discernable symptoms, while others report vaginal infection indicators such as:
- Unusual vaginal discharge accompanied by an unpleasant odor;
- Urination with burning;
- Itching centered around the exterior of the vagina;
- Difficult or painful intercourse.
A woman’s vagina creates a discharge naturally that is described as clear or slightly cloudy, non-irritating, and odorless. During a woman’s typical menstrual cycle, the amount and texture of discharge can differ.
At one point during the month, women may experience a small amount of a thin/watery discharge, and at another time, a thicker discharge may occur. Both of these situations are considered to be normal occurrences.
A vaginal discharge accompanied by an unpleasant odor or that irritates the skin is thought to be an abnormal discharge and can be an indicator of a vaginal infection. The irritation can create either itching or burning, or both concurrently, and the itching is typically worse at night.
These symptoms are often intensified by sexual intercourse, so it’s essential that you see your doctor if a change takes place in the amount, color, or smell of your discharge.
Although each variation of vaginal infection can result in different symptoms, it’s not always easy for a woman to identify which type she suffers from. In fact, diagnosis can sometimes even be challenging for an experienced OB-GYN because multiple types of infection can exist at the same time without any visible symptoms.
If you feel that you may be experiencing symptoms of a vaginal infection and are in need of a caring and experienced OB-GYN Fresno CA residents rely on the professional and caring staff at the office of Dr. Gail Mallard-Warren.
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