Cervicovaginitis is an inflammation that can affect the vagina and the cervix. These are infections caused by common germs, often sexually transmitted, but which can cause concern. Here’s what it is.
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Many women, after the result of the pap test which reports a reference to a cervicovaginitis ask themselves the question: “is it serious?”
The answer is generally no, since it is generally an infection caused by common germs that fairly commonly affects women, both of childbearing age but also (more frequently) women in menopause .
Cervicovaginitis: what is it
In purely medical terms, cervicovaginitis is an inflammatory process affecting the cervix and vagina. This means that we are faced with inflammation caused, most likely by an infection.
Symptoms of cervicovaginitis: how to spot it
Inflammation or infection can be asymptomatic (and it often happens) and is “discovered” at the time of the pap smear or after a vaginal swab or a gynecological visit.
More frequently, however, the symptoms are the classic ones of the infections we already know since the fertile life:
- Yellow leaks
- Whitish and cheesy losses
- Intimate itching
- Intimate burning
- Back pain or kidney pain
Along with these, other typical symptoms such as pain on urination or difficulty in peeing can also appear .
Recurrent cervicovaginitis as a wake-up call for Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy
In menopause, as we have said, many intimate infections can relapse and return often with the annoying consequences we know well.
Are you wondering why intimate infections are more common in menopause?
This happens mainly because the vaginal environment changes and with it also its pH which tends to be neutral again, just like that of girls. Losing acidity, it also loses its natural defenses, returning to being a more hospitable environment for germs and bacteria of various kinds.
If you want to know more you can read this article -> Intimate hygiene in menopause: the importance of treating it at its best
Sometimes the recurrence of infections can be the alarm bell that gives way to diagnose Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy , a pathological condition that affects about 50% of women in menopause but of which little is still said.
Vaginal atrophy manifests itself with the thinning of the vulvar and vaginal walls which, together with a reduction in elasticity and natural hydration, can cause the formation of annoying, sometimes painful or even bloody micro-lesions. Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy can initially be mistaken for an infection or it can even be the contributing cause of a greater severity of the infection that can spread more easily through abrasions.
If you want to know the 6 symptomatic disorders of Vulvo Vaginal Atrophy you can read the article that talks about it by clicking here
Treating cervicovaginitis: no home remedies but a visit to the gynecologist
If you are familiar with vaginal infections and inflammations , you may have gone through treatment several times in your life. However, you also know that it was not always the same pathogens and therefore your gynecologist did not always prescribe the same treatment .
Now that you are in menopause, considering your “most delicate” situation at an intimate level, it is even more important that the gynecologist tells you the best path to take.
So, don’t wait and book a visit to a gynecologist who specializes in menopause , your cervicovaginitis could (paradoxically) help you diagnose a more serious problem like AVV early on.