Vulvovaginal Diseases: What Are They and How Can They Be Treated?

Vulvovaginal disease is a catchall term for any number of infections, ailments, and diseases that affect a woman’s external genitalia and vagina, which can range from mild yeast infections to more serious conditions like vulvar cancer. Because of the number of problems that can affect your vaginal health, it’s important that you seek the help of a specialist who understands the complexities of these diseases and how to best treat them.

At our practice, Arizona Specialized Gynecology, our own Dr. Joseph Brooks holds the remarkable distinction of becoming the first doctor in the United States to complete a fellowship in vulvovaginal diseases, making him the top choice for women in the Phoenix area who are dealing with these types of intimate medical issues.

While vulvovaginal diseases cast a wide net, here’s a look at some of the more common problems and how we treat them.

The most common vulvovaginal diseases

First, let’s take a look at some of the most common culprits when it comes to vulvovaginal diseases.

As you can see by this list, vulvovaginal problems range from irritation and swelling in the vaginal tissue (lichen planus) to more serious problems like VIN and VAIN, which involve precancerous cell changes in your vagina and vulva.

But we don’t want you to feel confined by the word “disease.” You may be experiencing vulvovaginal problems because of exposure to chemicals in feminine products or even your laundry detergent. As well, unlubricated intercourse can cause friction and irritation that leaves your external and internal tissue damaged.

The bottom line is that you know your body best, and if you feel that something just isn’t right in your vagina, internally or externally, you should come see Dr. Brooks so that he can diagnose and treat your problem.

Signs of trouble

To determine whether a vulvovaginal disease is at work, let’s take a quick look at the red flags that indicate a problem. Many of these are grouped under a condition known as vaginitis, which is inflammation in the vagina. This inflammation often leads to:

There are other symptoms that something may be amiss, including white patches or bumps on your external genitalia. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, odds are there’s a vulvovaginal disease at work.

Treating vulvovaginal diseases

Because of the sheer number of problems that fall under the term “vulvovaginal,” it’s tough to give you a full outline of the various treatment options. The first step is to have Dr. Brooks take a look and run some tests so that he can pinpoint the cause of your issue.

From there, he comes up with the best treatment plan for your situation, which may include one or more of the following:

Because of his expertise in the field of vulvovaginal diseases, Dr. Brooks understands what’s needed with each condition in order to bring you the relief you need.

If you suspect you may have a vulvovaginal disease, please give us a call. Or you can use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.

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