What increases my risk for estrogen deficient vulvovaginitis?

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Because estrogen deficient vulvovaginitis is caused by a lack of estrogen in the body, the leading risk factor for developing it is menopause. But it can also occur after pregnancy with the loss of estrogen from the placenta, and during breastfeeding, when the body almost exclusively produces prolactin, the hormone that produces milk. Other risk factors include cigarette smoking, as that reduces blood flow to the vagina and obstructs the body's natural supply of estrogen. Certain procedures that affect estrogen production and increase your risk for atrophic vulvovaginitis include chemotherapy, ovarian surgery, pelvic radiation, or the effects of certain medications such as danazol or leuprolide. Women who have never given birth vaginally are also at risk.

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