Vaginal Infections Specialist

Wilkens Mondesir, MD

OB-GYN located in Greenacres, FL & Boynton Beach, FL

Vaginal infections and discharge can be upsetting, but you should know that there are treatment options which can restore normal vaginal function and health. Reach out to Dr. Wilkens Mondesir if you experience any unusual discharge or other changes. A simple online scheduling tool makes it fast and easy to find an appointment time at the Greenacres, Florida office location. When you are ready for answers and an effective treatment plan, Dr. Mondesir is prepared to help.

Vaginal Infections Q & A

What are some common causes of abnormal discharge?

It’s important to understand that most vaginal discharge is perfectly normal. Your body creates fluids that serve to carry away bacteria and dead cells from your cervix and vagina.

Normal vaginal discharge is usually clear or a cloudy white color. You may notice more discharge during ovulation or when you are breastfeeding or sexually aroused.

If you notice a change in the color, quantity, or odor of your vaginal discharge, there may be an imbalance in the normal bacteria levels in your vagina. Common causes of abnormal discharge include:

  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Reaction to douches, soaps, or bath products
  • Yeast infection
  • Trichomoniasis (a parasitic infection)
  • Vaginal atrophy caused by menopause
  • Sexually transmitted disease, including gonorrhea or chlamydia

How can I prevent vaginal infections?

There are several ways that you can reduce your risk of developing a vaginal infection. Incorporating these habits into your regular routines is also a great way to promote excellent vaginal health.

  • Choose bath products that use natural ingredients
  • Avoid douching unless medically necessary
  • After using the bathroom, always wipe from front to back
  • Choose 100% cotton underwear, which allows airflow
  • Maintain good hygiene habits, including regular washing with gentle soap and warm water

Some women are more prone to infection than others, so it's important to note that poor hygiene and infection aren't necessarily linked.

How are vaginal infections treated?

If Dr. Mondesir determines that you are suffering from a vaginal infection, there are treatment options to control and eliminate the infection.

Your treatment path depends on the type of infection. You may receive a prescription for antifungal pills, vaginal suppositories, or antibiotics.

If you suffer from repeated yeast infections, over-the-counter medications may help. If the infection is severe, you may need an oral antifungal medication. These drugs can cause problems with your liver, so it’s important to discuss your overall health with your doctor before deciding on treatment.

With proper treatment, Dr. Mondesir can eliminate most vaginal infections. He will also work with you to reduce your risk of future infection, which is an essential component of your overall health.