Vulvovaginitis Risk Factors
- Q Are vaginal infections always caused by bacteria or yeast?
Vaginal infections are not always caused by bacteria or yeast. There is something called "noninfectious vaginitis," which is not really an infection at all. Rather, this is irritation of the vagina caused by soap, detergents, hygiene products, or... Full Answer
- Q Is bacterial vulvovaginitis contagious?
Bacterial vulvovaginitis is contagious through vulva-to-vulva contact. This means that female sexual partners can spread a bacterial infection, while male sexual partners generally do not experience symptoms. Furthermore, male sexual partners may not... Full Answer
- Q Can I develop vulvovaginitis after menopause?
You can develop vulvovaginitis at any time in your life, including in postmenopausal years. Some symptoms associated with vulvovaginitis, such as irritation, itching, burning, or tenderness, may be worsened in postmenopausal women. This is caused by the... Full Answer
- Q Is nonspecific vulvovaginitis contagious?
Nonspecific vulvovaginitis can be contagious depending on its cause. For instance, vulvovaginitis can be spread through contact with an infected vulva if it is caused by a sexually transmitted disease or an overgrowth of bacteria or fungi. However,... Full Answer
- Q Is vulvovaginitis contagious?
Vulvovaginitis can be contagious depending on its cause. For instance, vulvovaginitis can be spread through contact with an infected vulva if it is caused by a sexually transmitted disease or an overgrowth of bacteria or fungi. However, vulvovaginitis... Full Answer
- Q What causes estrogen deficient vulvovaginitis?
Estrogen deficient vulvovaginitis, or atrophic vulvovaginitis, is caused by an infection due to extremely thin vaginal walls and tissues. This thinning (atrophy) is a result of a reduction of estrogen hormones in the body. There are a few conditions that... Full Answer
- Q Can an episode of trichomonal vulvovaginitis recur once it is cured?
An infection of trichomonal vulvovaginitis is a sexually transmitted disease, which means that it can be spread through sexual contact or intercourse. Treatment of individual cases can be very effective and symptoms usually disappear within a week.... Full Answer
- Q What causes bacterial vulvovagnitis?
Bacterial vulvovaginitis is caused by an overgrowth of bacteria. The vagina normally houses many different forms of bacteria, but for unknown reasons, the bacteria Lactobacillus sp. can be replaced by abnormally high amounts of the bacteria... Full Answer
- Q What role do hormones play in vaginal infections?
Hormones do play a part in vaginal infections. Hormonal changes that occur before and after the menstrual cycle can encourage the growth of bacteria that cause vaginal infections. Also, a lack of estrogen after menopause can lead to conditions that... Full Answer
- Q Does the type of clothing I wear contribute to vaginal infections?
Certain types of clothing can create conditions that cause vaginal infections. Bacteria and yeast thrive in moist or damp places. Therefore, very tight clothing or fabric that traps moisture can contribute to vaginal infections. Cotton underwear is... Full Answer