Noninfectious Vaginitis

What is noninfectious vaginitis?

Noninfectious vaginitis usually refers to vaginal irritation without an infection being present.

What causes noninfectious vaginitis?

Most often, noninfectious vaginitis is caused by an allergic reaction to, or irritation from, vaginal sprays, douches, or spermicidal products. It may be also be caused by sensitivity to perfumed soaps, detergents, or fabric softeners.

Another form of noninfectious vaginitis, called "atrophic vaginitis," is caused by a decrease in hormones because of menopause, surgical removal of the ovaries, radiation therapy, or childbirth (particularly in breastfeeding women). Lack of estrogen dries and thins the vaginal tissue, and may also cause spotting.

What are the symptoms of noninfectious vaginitis?

The following are the most common symptoms of noninfectious vaginitis. However, each individual may experience symptoms differently.

  • Vaginal itching
  • Vaginal burning
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Pelvic pain (particularly during intercourse)

How is noninfectious vaginitis treated?

Specific treatment will be determined by your physician based on your age, medical history, and preferences. Treatment for noninfectious vaginitis generally includes estrogen creams or oral tablets, which can restore lubrication and decrease soreness and irritation.