Can vulvovaginitis be prevented?

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Vulvovaginitis and other vaginal infections are very common and can happen to women of any age. For this reason, it is safe to say that most women will contract vulvovaginitis at least once in their lives. Because the causes of vaginal infections vary, it is often difficult or impossible to tell if something will cause irritation or infection. However, some causes of vaginal infection can be predicted or even prevented. For instance, causes such as allergic reactions to soap chemicals or condoms can be prevented only if you are aware of your current allergies. Sexually transmitted diseases can be prevented by using a condom during all forms of sexual activity. An imbalance of bacteria present in your vagina or vaginal fungus (yeast) can often be prevented by proper hygiene. However, there are some time periods in which your natural vaginal protection is weakened, such as the age before puberty and post-menopause.

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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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