Vaginitis means inflammation (soreness and swelling) of the vagina.
Many women with vaginitis also get abnormal vaginal discharge, itching or burning in the vagina, and discomfort during sex or when urinating. A strong, unpleasant smell, particularly after sexual intercourse can also be sign.
Some women with vaginitis may experience few symptoms, or none at all.
This page lists the possible causes of vaginitis, linking out to more detailed information on these conditions. This guide should not be used to self-diagnose your condition, but should give you an idea of what is causing your vaginitis.
See your doctor if you suspect the cause of your sore vagina is an infection. You can read our information on abnormal vaginal discharge to find out if you have a vaginal infection, and if so, what this is likely to be.
Vaginitis may be caused by any of the following infections or irritants:
You can click on the above links to learn more about these conditions.
Treatment for vaginitis depends on the underlying cause.
Important: Our website provides useful information but is not a substitute for medical advice. You should always seek the advice of your doctor when making decisions about your health.