Jefferson University Hospitals

Vulvovaginal Health Center

Vaginal irritations are common, and most women have vaginitis symptoms at some point in their lives. Many times, these occurrences can remedy themselves. However, if you’re a woman who has continued vaginal discomfort, discharge, itching, odor, or soreness and pain, despite seeing several doctors and receiving various treatments, our experts are here to help.

Your condition will be accurately diagnosed by a vaginitis specialist, who will prescribe a treatment appropriate to the specific cause of your symptoms.

As part of Jefferson’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, we specialize in diagnosing and treating a full spectrum of conditions which cause vaginitis, including:

  • Vaginal Yeast Infections
  • Bacterial Vaginosis
  • Vaginal Atrophy
  • Contact Dermatitis
  • Lichen Sclerosus
  • Lichen Planus
  • Desquamative Inflammatory Vaginitis
  • Vulvodynia or Vulvar Vestibulitis
  • Dyspareunia or Painful Intercourse

Treating Vaginitis

Jefferson is devoted to helping patients with chronic vulvovaginal problems. Our team at the Jefferson Vulvovaginal Health Center have extensive experience treating these conditions.

Successful treatment depends upon a proper diagnosis. As specialists at one of the few centers in the country focused on vulvovaginal health, we work to identify the specific cause of each patient’s symptoms.

To ensure accuracy, we utilize diagnostic testing that is not readily available to primary care practitioners and gynecologists, and use a variety of diagnostic algorithms to more accurately pinpoint the cause of symptoms.

As a result of our multidisciplinary approach, we have experienced great success in controlling and curing chronic vaginal conditions.

Vaginitis Types & Symptoms

A woman with vaginitis may experience a number of symptoms. Different causes for vaginitis and vulvovaginal disorders often share symptoms.

Conditions we diagnosis, include:

  • Candida Vaginitis or Vaginal Yeast Infection including persistent or recurrent infections
  • Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) including persistent or recurrent infections
  • Trichomoniasis including resistant Trichomoniasis
  • Genital Herpes and Herpetic Neuralgia
  • Lichen Sclerosus
  • Lichen Planus
  • Atrophic Vaginitis
  • Contact Dermatitis
  • Vulvodynia or Vulvar Vestibulitis
  • Desquamative Inflammatory Vaginitis (DIV)
  • Vulvar Eczema
  • Vulvar Psoriasis
  • Vulvar manifestation of Crohn's Disease
  • Vaginismus or Levator Ani Syndrome
  • Pudendal Neuralgia
  • Pruritis Vulvae
  • Plasma Cell Vulvitis
  • Aphthous Ulcers and Behcet's Disease
  • Fixed Drug Reactions
  • Dyspareunia or Painful Intercourse

The vaginitis specialist is skilled in matching symptoms to causes. When disorders have overlapping symptoms the combination of a thorough physical exam coupled with targeted laboratory testing, help pinpoint the cause of a disorder.

Common symptoms include:

  • Itching
  • Soreness
  • Burning
  • Rawness
  • Pain
  • Irritation
  • Discomfort
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Odor or unpleasant smell
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Rash
  • Sores
  • Raw or cracked skin
  • Painful intercourse
  • Bleeding after intercourse

Make an Appointment

For more information on vaginitis types and symptoms, please call 215-955-5000 or 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) or request an appointment online.