types of infections can affect your vagina and vulva. The term vaginitis
is used to describe any number of infections or inflammations affecting
the vagina. Vulvovaginitis refers to an inflammation of both the
vagina and vulva. Some women may be surprised to know that not all
infections are sexually transmitted. Infections usually result from
the presence of certain organisms, including viruses, yeast, bacteria
and irritants found in products such as perfumes and creams, chemicals
and clothing. Some of these infections are sexually transmitted,
but you can contract an infection without having sex as well. The
symptoms of vaginitis vary from woman to woman, and sometimes symptoms
are very difficult to detect if they are present at all. Commonly,
infections are characterized by abnormal discharge, burning or irritation
during urination, itchiness around the vagina and discomfort during
intercourse. Read on for descriptions of common types of infections.
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Urinary Tract Infections