​Vaginitis


Vaginitis is the inflammation of the vagina which causes unusual vaginal discharge or pain, itching or burning sensation in the vaginal area.  There are many different types of vaginitis, which can be caused by bacterial or yeast infections, sexually transmitted diseases, or hormonal changes with menopause. Irritations from chemicals in creams, sprays, soaps, scents or clothing, or use of vaginal birth control can lead to vaginitis causing infections.

The symptoms for vaginitis can depend on the type of infection you may have. Generally, the symptoms include:

  • Abnormal vaginal discharge with a foul odour

  • Irritation, itching or swelling in the genital area

  • Painful urination

  • Painful intercourse

If you notice any of the above symptoms, schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at the Women’s Healthcare Services​ at The Aga Khan University Hospital. It is also advised to seek medical advice before trying over-the-counter medicines to treat the symptoms.

For a preliminary examination, you can also consult a doctor working with the Family Health Services at The Aga Khan University Hospital.

Your time with your doctor maybe limited, so make sure to prepare for your visit beforehand. Here​ are some tips to help get you started.

Your physician may ask you about your medical history and ask you to describe all your symptoms and when you have them. All the details you can note and share, such as colour, texture, smell and amount of discharge can help aid the diagnosis. A pelvic exam may follow and a sample of the discharge may also be collected for testing.

Your course of treatment will depend on the type of infection you have. You may be prescribed oral and topical medication, including pills, creams and ointments. If you are sexually active, while treatment is on-going, you may be advised to use condoms during intercourse to avoid transfer of infection to your partner. Depending on your diagnosis, you may also be advised to monitor use of products containing chemicals which might be causing distress to your skin, and be advised to wear loose, natural fabric clothing to allow your infection to heal.

The Aga Khan University Hospital offers various support services to help with managing or recovering from the disease or condition. These include but are not limited to nutrition, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, specialized clinics and some patient support groups. Your doctor or nurse will advise you accordingly.

The Aga Khan University Hospital offers financial assistance to those who are in need and fulfil the eligibility criteria. For further information, you can contact the Patient Welfare Department. You can find the contact number of the Patient Welfare Department in the ‘Important Numbers’ section on the website homepage.

The financial counselling staff is available during office hours, at the main PBSD (Patient Business Services Department), to answer your financial queries on treatments’ costs and authorize admissions on partial deposit as per hospital policies allow. The financial counsellor in the emergency room is open 24/7. You can find the contact number of the Patient Business Services in the ‘Important Numbers’ section on the website homepage.

Your doctor and or nurse will give you specific instructions about the prescribed medication. Please ensure that you take or use the prescribed medicine as advised. It can be dangerous to your health if you self-prescribe. Please inform the doctor or nurse beforehand if you have experienced any adverse reactions to any medications in the past. If you experience any symptoms of drug poisoning, overdose or severe reaction please contact the Pharmacy Service at The Aga Khan University Hospital immediately. You can find the contact number of the Pharmacy Services in the ‘Important Numbers’ section on the website homepage.


​The information provided on our website is for educational purposes and not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. You should always seek the advice of your doctor or other healthcare professional provider.