University of Colorado Vaginitis/Vulvitis Clinic
The Vaginitis/Vulvitis Clinic at the University of Colorado, within the Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN), is a unique clinical concept that focuses on treating chronic vaginitis and related skin conditions of the vulva. Vaginitis is a broad term that incorporates any condition that may cause inflammation resulting in discharge, itching or pain.
Vulvar skin conditions, or vulvar dermatoses, are those conditions that affect the vulva causing itching, burning and discomfort. Most women will experience at least one form of vaginitis in their lifetime and a large number of women are affected by vulvar dermatoses.
Women can come to the clinic to be diagnosed and treated for a wide range of issues relating to the vulva and vagina. Because vaginal health includes both gynecology and dermatology perspectives, the Vaginitis Clinic staffs both gynecology and dermatology physicians.
The CU Vaginitis/Vulvitis Clinic is the only dedicated center for vaginitis issues in Colorado and throughout the Rocky Mountain region. The closest comparable vaginitis clinic is located in Iowa.
Who works at the clinic?
The clinic is run by Christine Conageski, MD, an Assistant Professor of OB/GYN at CU, and by Misha Miller, MD, who is double board certified in Ob/Gyn and dermatology. After treating patients as an OB/GYN for many years, Miller decided to complete additional training in dermatology because she wanted to specifically treat the conditions that fall under both specialties.
Who does the Vaginitis Clinic treat?
Women ages 18 and up are typically referred to CU’s Vaginitis/Vulvitis Clinic after initially visiting a general OB/GYN. Gynecologists who suspect skin cancer of the vagina may also refer patients to the clinic. Patients do not need to be referred to visit the CU Vaginitis Clinic and can independently schedule a visit.
What conditions does the clinic treat?
Women rarely experience only one vaginitis condition. Typically, multiple conditions occur simultaneously. Major conditions that bring women to the clinic include:
- Chronic general vaginitis symptoms without a diagnosis – inflammation or infection in the vagina indicated by pain, itchiness or abnormal vaginal discharge.
- Chronic or recurrent bacterial vaginosis or yeast – an overgrowth of bacteria or fungus in the vagina.
- Vulvar and vaginal warts
- Vulvar dermatoses – skin conditions indicated by chronic pain in and around the vulva that also causes general discomfort, pain and itching. Examples include lichen sclerosus, lichen planus, psoriasis and contact dermatitis.
- Skin cancer of the vagina – skin cancer that presents in the vulva.
The clinic may also address various and more common issues, such as yeast infections and sexually transmitted infections such as trichomoniasis.
Where is the Vaginitis/Vulvitis Clinic and how do I schedule an appointment?
The clinic sees and treats patients on Thursday mornings and is located on the CU campus at:
1635 Aurora Ct.
Aurora, CO, 80045
3rd floor Outpatient Pavilion