Vaginitis is an inflammation of the vagina that can result in discharge, itching and pain. The cause is usually a change in the normal balance of vaginal bacteria or an infection. Vaginitis symptoms may include:

  • Change in color, odor or amount of discharge from your vagina
  • Vaginal itching or irritation
  • Painful urination
  • Light vaginal bleeding


  • Soak in warm bath water with ΒΌ cup of baking soda sprinkled in.
  • Avoid bubble baths, hot tubs and whirlpool spas. Rinse soap from your outer genital area after a shower/bath, and dry the area well to prevent irritation. Don’t use scented or harsh soaps, such as those with deodorant or antibacterial action.
  • Wipe from front to back after using the toilet. Doing so avoids spreading fecal bacteria to your vagina.
  • Wear cotton and loose-fitting clothing.
  • Do not wear underwear to bed.
  • Eat yogurt that contains active lactobacillus cultures. This sometimes may help reduce recurrent vaginal yeast infections. Lactobacillus is a type of “good” bacteria that’s common in your vagina.
  • Treat constipation with Milk of Magnesia 1 tsp orally prior to bedtime for 1 week.

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*Edited by Dr. Alex Gorab on 5/20/21.