What are the signs of vaginal problems?

Vaginal symptoms are a common problem that sends women to their health care providers every day. Vaginal symptoms range from mild dryness and itching to painful sores and lesions.

Vaginal symptoms include:

  • Bleeding and menstrual irregularities

  • Bumps and lumps

  • Burning

  • Dryness

  • Irritation

  • Itching

  • Odor that may be fishy-smelling

  • Pain or discomfort, such as rawness, soreness, tenderness or throbbing

  • Sores or lesions

  • Unusual discharge that can be clear, white, yellow, or blood-tinged in color and mucus-like, curd-like, thin, or watery in consistency

Vaginal symptoms can vary in character and severity depending on the underlying cause and individual factors. They can be constant or only felt during certain activities, such as urination or sexual intercourse. Vaginal symptoms can build up gradually over weeks or months, such as during perimenopause, or they can appear suddenly, such as vaginal bleeding caused by miscarriage or vaginal trauma.

Vaginal symptoms can be caused by a variety of mild to serious diseases, disorders or conditions within the vagina, such as a vaginal yeast infection (vaginal thrush), or other reproductive organs or body systems. For example, vaginal symptoms can be caused by uterine cancer, diabetes, pelvic inflammatory disease, and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Vaginal symptoms can also be caused by physical and environmental factors, such as an irritating fabric softener or wearing tight undergarments.

Some underlying causes of vaginal symptoms, such as STDs and diabetes, can lead to serious complications if untreated. Seek prompt medical care if you have vaginal symptoms, such as unusual bleeding, discharge, vaginal odor, or pain. Early diagnosis and treatment of the cause of vaginal symptoms reduces the risk of potential complications. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you have heavy, uncontrolled vaginal bleeding or bleeding during pregnancy.

SYMPTOMS

What other symptoms might occur with vaginal symptoms?

Vaginal symptoms often occur in conjunction with one another, such as vaginal itching and vaginal discharge. Symptoms that occur with vaginal symptoms may also be felt in other areas of the body, such as vaginal pain coupled with abdominal pain. These symptom combinations vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Some signs of medical problems may only be evident through medical testing, so always seek prompt medical care if you are experiencing vaginal symptoms.  ... Read more about vaginal symptomssymptoms

CAUSES

What causes vaginal symptoms?

Vaginal symptoms can be caused by a variety of mild to serious diseases, disorders or conditions of the vagina, cervix, genitals, reproductive organs and other body systems or organs. Vaginal symptoms can also be due to physical factors in your environment that cause vaginal irritation or an allergic reaction of the vaginal tissues.... Read more about vaginal symptomscauses

Medical Reviewer: McDonough, Brian MD Last Annual Review Date: Apr 18, 2011 Copyright: © Copyright 2011 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.