​Treating a vaginal infection

Treating vaginal infection depends on the type of infection you have. Once your doctor makes a diagnosis, he or she will discuss treatment options with you. Some types of vaginal infections can be treated with over-the-counter medications, however, it's important that you confirm the cause with your doctor since other infections require prescription-strength medication.


Antibiotics are prescribed to treat bacterial vaginosis. While antibiotics don't eliminate the bacteria, they control the balance between 'good' and 'bad' bacteria in the vagina.

If you are diagnosed with trichomoniasis, you'll receive a single dose of oral antibiotic medication, such as metronixazole or tinidazole. Both partners must be treated to avoid reinfection, even if one is showing no symptoms.

Antifungal medications

Candida (yeast) infections are commonly treated with antifungal medicines, such as clotrimazole, miconazole or terconazole. These are available as creams, ointments, tablets or suppositories, and some are available over-the-counter.

Think you might have a vaginal infection? Find a Christ Hospital Physician who specializes in the treatment of vaginal infections.