Vaginal swelling: why the vulva swells

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Sometimes we suffer conditions that affect our intimate area and we do not know the reason for this discomfort. It is important to clarify that this problem can occur in women of all ages and therefore it is important to know what it is due to and how to act to end it. First of all, we must take into account what are the symptoms that the woman can suffer in this process of vulvovaginitis.

Symptoms and causes of genital swelling

Some of the symptoms are the following: irritation or burning of the genital part, inflammation, discomfort when urinating and also abnormal vaginal discharge. This can also cause strong vaginal odor, pain or discomfort during intercourse, and infections. Therefore, there are several types of infectious vulvovaginitis.

1. the most popular is fungal vaginitis or candidiasis, due to the growth of a fungus in the vaginal flora caused by the fungus Candida albicans. The main discomforts are genital itching, pain during intercourse or abundant and thick discharge, among others.

2. Vaginitis ‘bacterial vaginosis’ usually arises because of an imbalance in the vaginal area, causing a bad odor or a white or grayish discharge.

3. Less common is trichomonas vaginitis. It is transmitted through vaginal infection, especially in sexual contact. Vaginal itching or burning, green discharge or strong odor are some of the symptoms that this type of infection can cause in women.

In addition to these possible causes, there may also be other factors that cause it, such as the use of chemical products (soaps, vaginal sponges, perfumes, etc.) and even the use of tight underwear or skin ailments can cause this type of discomfort in our genital area.

On the other hand, women in the postmenopausal period. They can suffer from these conditions, since estrogen levels are lower and cause greater dryness of the vagina, which can worsen burning or itching in the genital part.

How to act before a vaginal swelling 

First, go to your gynecologist to explain what your symptoms are and who will determine the type of treatment to carry out. Depending on the type of infection that is attributed, it can go from the use of oral tablets to pills for the vagina, creams or joint treatments for the couple, if it is a problem caused after intercourse.

However, you always have to be especially careful to avoid the problem. Correct hygiene, cotton underwear, eating a diet that has beneficial bacteria (yogurt), as well as practicing safe sex, guarantee correct and adequate prevention.

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