What causes estrogen deficient vulvovaginitis?

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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 naturally involve a drop in estrogen levels, mainly menopause and breast-feeding. Other contributing factors include pelvic radiation, cancer treatment, ovarian surgery, or hormonal medication.

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