Vaginal Infections Specialist

Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC

OB/GYNs located in Midwood, Brooklyn, NY & Upper East Side, New York, NY

If vaginal itching, burning, or unusual discharge is severe or doesn’t subside on its own, see the expert team at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC in New York for relief. At convenient locations in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn and the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City, they can diagnose and treat vaginal infections to alleviate unpleasant symptoms and restore your quality of life. Schedule an appointment by phone or online at the first sign of vaginal infections.

Vaginal Infections Q & A

What are vaginal infections?

Vaginal infections cause inflammation inside your vagina that can lead to unpleasant or embarrassing symptoms. These infections often result from changes in the balance of vaginal bacteria, reduced estrogen levels, or certain skin problems. 

Common vaginal infections include bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections, and trichomoniasis (an STD). 

What are the symptoms of vaginal infections?

If you have a vaginal infection, you might experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Pain with urination
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Changes in vaginal discharge
  • Spotting or light vaginal bleeding
  • Vaginal itching
  • Foul-smelling discharge
  • White, thick vaginal discharge
  • Greenish-yellow discharge

Some vaginal infections can increase your risk of low birth weight and premature delivery when you’re pregnant. If you experience new or unusual urinary or vaginal symptoms, see the team at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC to find out if a vaginal infection is the culprit. 

What are the risk factors for vaginal infections?

Vaginal infections can happen to any woman, but certain factors increase your risk. Examples include hormone changes, sexual activity, STDs, and taking certain medications. 

Uncontrolled diabetes, using spermicides for birth control, douching, intrauterine devices (IUDs), and vaginal sprays or other feminine hygiene products, also increase your risk of genital infections.

How does my provider diagnose vaginal infections?

To diagnose a vaginal infection, your provider at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC reviews your symptoms and medical history. They complete a pelvic examination and collect a sample of vaginal or cervical discharge for diagnostic testing. They might also use pH tests to diagnose your condition and develop a treatment plan.

What are my vaginal infection treatment options?

Solutions your provider may use to treat vaginal infections include:

  • Oral medications
  • Vaginal creams
  • Suppositories
  • Vaginal estrogen creams
  • Lifestyle changes

Lifestyle changes your provider might recommend include using different laundry detergent, body washes, tampons, or sanitary napkins. Try wearing cotton underwear, don’t douche, and avoid hot tubs and baths. Wipe from front to back after using the bathroom.

Don’t live with unpleasant or embarrassing symptoms of vaginal infections when simple treatments are available at Dr. Gregory Shifrin, OB/GYN PC. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online today.