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What is the rate of incidence for vulvovaginitis?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Vulvovaginitis and other vaginal infections can be quite common in women of all ages. This occurs because the causes of vulvovaginitis are varied (including allergies, irritation from chemicals, bacteria or parasites) and involve a number of possibly common activities (including hygiene methods or sex). Most women experience symptoms of vaginitis (inflammation of the vagina) or vulvovaginitis (inflammation of the vagina and vulva) at least once in their lives. In addition to these outside factors and activities, age plays an inevitable role in someone's risk for vulvovaginitis. Because adolescents and postmenopausal women possess decreased levels of estrogen, they consequentially have decreased vaginal protection against infection and irritation. In fact, vulvovaginitis is the most commonly diagnosed gynecological disease in girls who have not yet reached puberty.

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