One of the most common questions I get asked about is vaginal infections, literally everywhere I go and
people know I’m a gynecologist I must get asked about “vaginitis”. If you are a woman with a Vagina
then most likely you have experienced or will experience a type of vaginal infection, so here’s a bit of
info about it that might be useful till you see a doctor.
First of all, its isn’t about cleanliness at all, you could be extremely clean and still get an infection down
there or u could be the filthiest person on earth and not get one. It’s just that some women are more
susceptible than others in getting the infection.
Secondly, please please please do not use vaginal douche, its OBSOLETE. It disrupts the normal natural
environment that God created in the vagina, it kills the beneficial bacteria and alters the PH of the
vagina that all leads to an infection.
Third, here are the most common infections that usually occurs:
If you have white cheese like discharge, then that’s a candida infection (type if fungus), its treatment is an anti-fungal drug and that’s it.
If you have greenish yellowish discharge, then that’s bacterial infection and you need an antibiotic for that.
Finally, In some severe cases if the infection keeps coming back we usually advice the woman do have a
culture and sensitivity test (we take a sample of the secretions and send them to be investigated
in the lab) to know the type of organism that caused the infection and we can be more specific
in the type of antimicrobial we are giving.
Master in obstetrics and gynecology Alexandria university
Master in assisted reproduction, Valencia university (IVI) Spain
Member of European society of human reproduction and embryology
Director of integrated fertility center Alexandria