Can bacterial vulvovaginitis be prevented?

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Cases of bacterial vulvovaginitis are very common and can happen to women of any age. For this reason, it is safe to say that most women will contract some form of bacterial vulvovaginitis at least once in their lives. Bacterial infections caused by sexually transmitted diseases can be prevented by using a condom during all forms of sexual activity. An imbalance of bacteria present in your vagina can often be prevented by proper hygiene, including wiping from front to back on the toilet to prevent bacteria from transferring from the rectum to the vagina. Avoid female douching, which has been associated with infections of bacterial vulvovaginitis. Finally, it may be helpful in extreme cases to reduce your number of sexual partners or abstain from sexual activity.

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Vulvovaginitis

Vulvovaginitis

Vulvovaginitis refers to numerous types of infections that can affect the vulva and vaginal area. Causes of vulvovaginitis include yeast, bacteria, parasites STDs and other viruses. If you have symptoms of vulvovaginitis like odor...

, discharge, itching, rash or pain in the vagina, you should call your doctor. You will want to make sure that you are treated for this condition, as it does not always go away on its own.
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