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      Category : Health Centers > Reproductive System


Alternate Names : Vulvovaginitis, Vaginal Infection, Vaginal Inflammation

Vaginitis | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the condition?

Vaginitis cannot always be prevented. Following these recommendations can lower a woman's risk for vaginitis.

  • Avoid douches and other chemicals in the vaginal area.
  • Consider hormone replacement therapy after menopause.
  • Control blood glucose, if she has diabetes.
  • Practice safer sex.
  • Wear loose-fitting, absorbent underwear.
  • Wipe front to back after using the toilet.
  • What are the long-term effects of the condition?

    If an infection is treated, long-term problems usually do not arise. Sometimes the cause of vaginitis cannot be cured. Severe STDs may cause chronic pain and infertility.

    What are the risks to others?

    If the vaginitis is caused by an STD, a woman can transmit the infection to a sexual partner.

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    Vaginitis: Treatment & Monitoring

    Author: Eva Martin, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 09/11/01

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