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What causes vaginal infections?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

There are various causes for vaginal infections. Some are caused by a fungus called Candida albicans (the cause for the common yeast infection). Another cause is an imbalance in bacteria in the vagina. Lowered estrogen levels in postmenopausal women can also cause a vaginal infection. Vaginal infections can also be caused by a sexually-transmitted parasite.

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