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Vaginitis is the inflammation of the vagina. It is typically accompanied by discharge, pain, and itching. There are four types of vaginitis including bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections, trichomoniasis, and vaginal atrophy.
Vaginitis can be caused by a change in the balance vaginal bacteria or an infection. It may also be caused by reduced estrogen levels caused by menopause. Bacterial vaginosis is an overgrowth of a bacteria that is normally present in the vagina. Yeast infections are caused by a naturally occurring fungus. Trichomoniasis is typically caused by a parasite and is transferred through sexual intercourse. Vaginal atrophy is caused by lower estrogen levels. The type of treatment depends on the type of vaginitis, but all types can be treated effectively.