10 Cervicitis Symptoms

By chelsea
Reviewed: dr. vanta
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Cervicitis is inflammation and irritation of the cervix. The cervix is a donut-shaped opening to a woman's uterus responsible for creating mucus for the vagina. The cervix also facilitates the entrance of sperm into the uterus in women of reproductive age. When the cervix becomes inflamed or irritated, it can cause several uncomfortable symptoms. However, some people with cervicitis have no symptoms at all.1‘Cervicitis.’ Harvard Health, 2 Jan. 2019, www.health.harvard.edu/a/to/z/cervicitis-a-to-z

Cervicitis is commonly caused through sexual contact, including sexually transmitted diseases and certain birth control methods. It can also be caused by repeated douching or be a reaction to chemicals.

Abnormal Vaginal Discharge

Abnormal vaginal discharge is a common symptom of cervicitis. Discharge may be more frequent than what is usual for a person. The discharge may also have a mild to moderate unpleasant odor to it or be abnormally colored. Abnormal coloring for vaginal discharge in cervicitis may be yellow, white, or gray.2‘Cervicitis, Cervix Inflammation: Diagnosis, Tests Management and Treatment.’ Cleveland Clinic, my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/15360-cervicitis

Other issues affecting the female reproductive organs can also cause abnormal vaginal discharge. Examples of other issues causing this symptom include bacterial vaginosis, yeast infection and vaginitis. Certain sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea and chlamydia are also potential causes.


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