What increases my risk for bacterial vulvovaginitis?

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Although it is not clear exactly what causes the disruption of normal vaginal bacteria, there are several risk factors that increase your risk for contracting this type of vulvovaginitis. For example, bacterial imbalances have been associated with female douching. It has also been diagnosed in women who reported recently changing a sexual partner and women who have had multiple sexual partners. Women who have not had sex have a lesser risk of contracting bacterial vulvovaginitis, although any woman can get it. Women who wipe from back to front on the toilet can move bacteria from the rectum to the vaginal area. Use of intrauterine birth-control devices and failure to use a condom can also raise your risk.

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