What increases my risk for nonspecific vulvovaginitis?

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Your risk for contracting nonspecific vulvovaginitis increases with certain activities that promote infection in the vagina. Your risk increases if you practice poor genital hygiene habits such as neglecting to wash your hands after going to the bathroom or before touching genital areas. Wiping from back to front also raises risk. All these can cause an over abundance of bacteria typically found in the anus. Age can be another risk factor, because the lack of the hormone estrogen in menopausal women and girls who have not gone through puberty (prepubertal girls) can thin the walls of the vagina and increase the risk of infection. Other risk factors include wearing tight clothing, pregnancy, or previous vaginal infections.

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