Your family doctor, gynecologist or another medical practitioner can diagnose and prescribe treatment for vaginitis.
What you can do
To get ready for your appointment:
- Make a list of your symptoms and how long you've had them.
- Note key medical information, including any other conditions for which you're being treated and the names of medications, vitamins or other supplements you're taking.
- Avoid using tampons or douching before your appointment so that your doctor can assess any vaginal discharge you have.
- Make a list of questions to ask your doctor, putting the most important ones first in case time runs short.
For vaginitis, some basic questions include:
- Can I do anything to prevent vaginitis?
- What signs and symptoms should I watch for?
- Do I need to use medicine?
- Are there any special instructions for using the medicine?
- Are there any over-the-counter products that will treat my condition?
- What can I do if my symptoms return after treatment?
- Does my partner also need to be tested or treated?
During your appointment, don't hesitate to ask other questions as they occur to you.
Questions your doctor may ask
Be prepared to answer questions your doctor may have, such as:
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- What symptoms are you experiencing?
- Do you notice a strong vaginal odor?
- How long have you had your symptoms?
- Do your symptoms seem tied to your menstrual cycle? For instance, are symptoms more intense just before or just after your period?
- Have you tried any over-the-counter products to treat your condition?
- Are you sexually active?
- Are you pregnant?
- Do you use scented soap or bubble bath?
- Do you douche or use feminine hygiene spray?
- What medications, vitamins or other supplements do you regularly take?
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