Can sexual intercourse cause vulvovaginitis?

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As a supplement to the previous reply, occasionally inflammation of the female genital area and vagina can be caused by a response to the spermicide on a condom or the latex from which the condom is made. Alternatives would be to use condoms with no spermicide, non-latex condoms plus another form of birth control or use female condoms as well as the male condom. If this is due to a latex allergy, consult your primary care provider immediately.

Although sexual intercourse can cause some forms of vulvovaginitis, it is not the most common cause. Inflammation of the vagina and vulva can be caused by some sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea and trichomoniasis, which can only be spread through personal contact during sexual activity. However, the most common cause of vulvovaginitis is poor genital hygiene habits. Other possible causes include an allergic reaction to chemicals or other substances, sensitivity of the vagina due to a lack of estrogen, and an overgrowth of bacteria or fungus, which has been associated with factors such as pregnancy and poor hygiene.

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