If you’ve experienced pain or redness in or around your vulva (the outer parts of your genitalia) or vagina (the internal passage that connects your vulva to your cervix), then you’re certainly not the only one. Conditions like urinary tract infections (UTIs), yeast infections, and bacterial vaginosis (BV) are pretty well known and frequently affect lots of people. But what you might not know is that sometimes they’re grouped together and called vulvovaginitis.
Knowing that vulvar and vaginal conditions are incredibly common (and often simple to diagnose) doesn’t take away from the fact that they can be inconvenient and uncomfortable. It can be annoying and worrying if you notice a new itch, pain, or burning sensation, and if it persists, then you should always reach out to your health care provider.
Flo’s symptom tracker could help you explain what you’re going through to a health care provider, and here, an obstetrician and gynecologist (OB-GYN) and a sex therapist explain what vulvovaginitis is, what causes it, and how you can treat it.