Gynecologic Infectious Disease Clinic

  • Gynecologic Infectious Disease
  • Medical Center Campus
  • 111 Colchester Avenue
    Burlington, VT, 05401
  • Phone: 802-847-1400
  • Fax: 802-847-8433
  • Monday-Friday, 8 AM-5 PM
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Gynecologic infectious disease Clinic in Burlington, VT

Gynecologic infectious diseases are an important health concern for women, and are often difficult to discuss with a physician. 

Some women are plagued by persistent vulvovaginal irritation, discharge, itching or pain. Others have trouble with frequently recurring infections. 

Sometimes these problems lead to such discomfort that their daily work and leisure activities are affected. Sexual dysfunction is also a common side effect.

Fletcher Allen's University of Vermont Medical Group physicians are compassionate and skilled, and specialize in chronic and recurrent problems.

GYN Infectious Disease Services at Fletcher Allen

Vulvovaginitis Clinic

At this clinic, we evaluate and treat women with acute and chronic vulvar and vaginal symptoms, including burning, itching, discharge and pain.

These problems can have many causes, including infection, inflammation, previous surgery or trauma, loss of estrogen, and exposure to irritating substances, and can sometimes be made worse by traumatic life experiences or emotional state.

When patients come to our clinic, they should expect any of the following:

  • Detailed questions about how the symptoms began, how they have changed over time, previous treatments and whether or not they were effective.
  • Questions about hygiene and education on how to protect the vulva and vagina from irritating substances and treat dryness.
  • General questions about overall physical health
  • Questions about emotional health, life stressors, concerns regarding sexuality
  • Questions about previous infections of the vulva, vagina, cervix, uterus and ovaries
  • A pelvic exam
  • The taking of cultures and biopsies
  • Blood tests

Some patients will need to be referred to other Fletcher Allen specialists for further evaluation.

These problems are sometimes solved quickly, but many require long-term treatment, and continued follow-up for the rest of the patient's life. Acute and chronic problems may require a combination of treatments including:

  • Oral medication
  • Antibiotics
  • Medicines that act on local nerves
  • Hormones
  • Antidepressants
  • Topical medication
  • Alternative therapies
  • Physical and behavioral therapy
  • Participation in one-on-one or group counseling and support
  • Surgery

Our clinic is also involved in clinical research to help further our understanding of chronic vulvar and vaginal disease. Patients at our clinic may be invited to participate in such research.

To schedule an appointment at our Medical Center Campus clinic, please call 802-847-1400 or find a Fletcher Allen physician.