Vaginitis (itis = inflammation) is an inflammatory process of the vaginal mucosa is usually accompanied by an increase in vaginal discharge.
Among the most common reasons that can cause vaginitis, we found low levels of estrogen. As during menstrual cycles, lower estrogen concentrations in the body triggers certain physiological and chemical changes in the genital area.
When estrogen is important lowered or maintained over time, the inflammation of the vagina occurs due to thinning and a decrease in tissue lubrication, which also allows the growth of bacterial and fungal infections.
For vaginitis caused by low estrogen levels, your doctor may prescribe estrogen cream or a vaginal ring that releases estrogen in your body and other medications such as birth control pills to control estrogen levels. In cases of menopause, hormone replacement treatments helps avoid vaginitis.
Some tips to minimize swelling
During the treatment of vaginitis ...
Tampons or pads.
In general, you should do what is most comfortable for you. If you insert suppositories or pessaries for treatment, before bedtime, do not use tampons. Otherwise, the buffer can absorb the drug. It's okay to use tampons during the day of your period - especially towards the end of treatment.
Some women wear pads or panty liners to help keep the medication from draining to clothing. Others find irritating. If you're wondering what to do, consult your health care provider for advice.
It is better not to have sex while you have vaginitis. Intercourse - or other kinds of sex play - can be uncomfortable or painful. Having sex can also worsen your symptoms and make your treatment less effective.
Take your medicine even if you have your period. Some vaginitis infections can grow quickly in menstrual flow.