Gynecologic infections have a number of causes and should be checked by your provider as soon as possible to relieve symptoms and rule out STDs.
Bladder and urinary tract infections
The urinary tract includes the kidneys, the ureters (which connect the kidneys to the bladder), the bladder, and the urethra.
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common among children and adults, and can be caused by irritation, inflammation, or bacteria. Women and the elderly are most likely to have UTIs. They are diagnosed by a urine culture at your doctor's office.
Learn more about bladder and urinary tract infections by referring to the following articles on our Dartmouth-Hitchcock Healthwise® Health Encyclopedia website.
- Bladder Pain Syndrome (Interstitial Cystitis): Topic overview of the bladder pain syndrome (interstitial cystitis), which causes pain in the bladder or pelvis.
- Urinary Tract Infection: Information about urinary tract infections in teens and adults.
Sexually-Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
It is possible to carry and spread a sexually-transmitted disease (STD) but have no symptoms. We recommend regular testing, especially before becoming sexually active with a new partner or considering pregnancy.
Please refer to the following articles on our Dartmouth-Hitchcock Healthwise® Health Encyclopedia website.
- Chlamydia: Information about chlamydia, an infection spread through sexual contact.
- Genital Herpes: Topic overview of genital herpes, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
- Genital Warts: Information about the human papillomavirus (HPV) and genital warts.
- Gonorrhea: A description of gonorrhea, which is an infection spread through sexual contact.
- Hepatitis B: Details about Hepatitis B, a virus that infects the liver.
- Hepatitis C: Details about Hepatitis C, a disease caused by a virus that infects the liver.
- HIV: Topic overview of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), a virus that attacks the immune system.
Vaginal itching and infections
Vaginal itching and infections can occur at any point in a woman or girl's life. However, there are many ways to treat them. Learn more about these conditions from our Dartmouth-Hitchcock Healthwise® Health Encyclopedia website.
- Atrophic Vaginitis: Description of vaginitis and atrophic vaginitis, an irritation of the vagina caused by thinning tissues and less moisture in the vaginal walls.
- Female genital problems and injuries: Provides information on the three most common types of vaginal infections.
- Vaginal Yeast Infection: Information on the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of vaginal yeast infections.