Vaginal Infections And STD Screening

Women's Obstetrics and Gynecology

For women and sexually active teens, regular check-ups are an important part of their reproductive health, including screenings for vaginal infections and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). STDs can lead to serious health issues that can affect fertility and overall wellness. our providers can complete a comprehensive screening and treatment for STDs and other vaginal infections to help protect your reproductive health.

Vaginal Infections And STD Screening Specialist Q & A

What are the types of vaginal infections?

There are many different types of vaginal infections, some sexually transmitted and some that are not. Vaginitis is a general term used to describe many types of vaginal infections and inflammation, some sexually transmitted, some that occur from bacteria, yeast or allergic reactions. Symptoms of vaginitis usually include vaginal discharge, odor, itchiness, and discomfort. Some of the types of vaginal infections can include:

  • Yeast infections
  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Candida or "yeast" infections
  • Trichomoniasis
  • Viral vaginitis like Herpes Simplex
  • Virus
  • STDs like Gonorrhea or Chlamydia

The health care providers at Women's Obstetrics and Gynecology can provide screening and testing to determine if you have a vaginal infection or STD, and recommend treatment.

How do I know if I have a vaginal infection or STD?

Symptoms of vaginal infections and STDs can vary. You may have itching, burning or a discharge that alert you to your infection, while other STDs like chlamydia have few symptoms. It’s important to have regular Pap smears and checkups to receive screening for STIs and other infections to detect them early for effective treatment.

How do I get screened for STDs or other vaginal infections?

Screening for the various types of STDs and vaginal infections can be done during a routine women’s wellness exam. Screening recommendations vary by gender, age, and sexual behavior. For the majority of women, some STD screening is recommended at least annually. Screening can include a visual pelvic exam, blood/urine testing or tissue samples, depending on your symptoms. Women's Obstetrics and Gynecology can determine which tests or screenings to perform based on your symptoms and sexual activity.