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Causes of Vaginitis

Noninfectious Causes of Vaginitis

Occasionally, a woman can have itching, burning, and even a vaginal discharge without having an infection. The most common cause is an allergic reaction or irritation from vaginal sprays, douches, or spermicidal products. The skin around the vagina can also be sensitive to perfumed soaps, detergents, and fabric softeners.
Another noninfectious form of vaginitis results from a decrease in hormones due to menopause or surgery to remove the ovaries. In this form of vaginitis, the vagina becomes dry. The woman may notice pain, especially with sexual intercourse, as well as vaginal itching and burning.
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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