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A burning sensation in the vagina can be pretty uncomfortable and annoying. Burning is often accompanied by genital discomfort, itching or irritation. This symptom may be persistent or be most noticeable during urination or intercourse. Many times this symptom isn’t serious, but other times it can indicate a serious infection.
Potential causes of a burning sensation in the vagina
There are several causes of vaginal burning or discomfort:
Diagnosing a burning sensation in the vagina
A burning sensation can indicate an STD, so if there a chance of exposure, STD testing is strongly recommended. It’s important to test for STDs quickly, since untreated chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause complications like infertility. If negative, a doctor can determine other causes of vaginal burning.
Treating a burning sensation in the vagina
If caused by chlamydia, gonorrhea or trichomoniasis, antibiotics can cure these infections and alleviate symptoms. Genital herpes can be treated with antiviral medication, although it is not curable. Doctors can prescribe other treatment for other causes of a burning sensation in the vagina.