What increases the risk for female genital problems?

Female genital problems are caused by a variety of things with their own risk factors, but there are some common factors that may increase your risk:

  • Having multiple sex partners or having unprotected sex may increase your risk for things like sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as gonorrhea and chlamydia.
  • Many vaginal problems are caused by bacterial infections, yeast infections or parasitic infections. Exposing your genitals to chemicals found in soaps, sprays, douches and spermicides may increase your risk for vaginal infections or other irritations.
  • Women may also experience genital problems due to normal, naturally-occurring conditions like menstruation, sex, pregnancy and aging.
  • Certain medications, including oral contraceptives, may also cause female genital problems.

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