Itchiness and yellow frothy discharge
If these symptoms are similar to what you’re experiencing, you may have Trichomoniasis. This is an STI that’s caused by a parasite. You can only contract this parasite through sexual contact with another infected
person. You might find that your vulva is sore and itchy and it may be painful to go for a wee however up to half of women may not have any symptoms at all.
How to get rid of a vaginal infection
Treatment will depend on the type of infection that you have. Below, we’ve explored how you can treat your infection and how to prevent it from returning.
How to treat a vaginal bacterial infection
For a bacterial or parasitic infection, such as Chlamydia or Trichomoniasis, your doctor will advise a suitable course of treatment for you. For some bacterial infections, such as bacterial vaginosis (BV), it can usually be treated
with antibiotic tablets or creams and gels, so speak to your doctor about your options.
For Thrush, you may need to use an antifungal cream, which is usually applied directly to the vulva. Alternatively, you may be prescribed a pessary by your doctor. This is a tablet that is put inside the vagina to bring the yeast levels
back down to a normal range.
If you believe that you have any of the infections that we’ve mentioned above, you should book an appointment with your doctor. They will be able to advise your next steps.
How to avoid vaginal infections
There are some steps that you can take to avoid getting a vaginal infection again in the future.
Firstly, to reduce your risk of Thrush and BV, you should avoid using scented products, such as toilet paper, tampons, pads, body wash, soap and deodorant, in such a sensitive area as your vagina. These products could irritate the
intimate area and you may be more open to infection. Instead, choose a soap-free wash foam that is gentle on the area.
Some of the infections we’ve mentioned are STIs, which means they’re passed from person to person by sexual contact. To avoid contracting an STI, you should always use a condom, particularly with a new sexual partner. You should also have regular STI tests to ensure that you don’t have an infection, especially if you’re not showing any symptoms.