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What causes non-infectious vaginitis?

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Sometimes itching, burning, and even discharge happen without an infection. Most often, it's an allergic reaction to or irritation from products such as:

It could also be from a lower level of hormones because of menopause or because you've had your ovaries removed. This can make your vagina dry, a condition called atrophic vaginitis. Sexual intercourse could be painful, and you may notice vaginal itching and burning.

  • Detergents
  • Douches
  • Fabric softeners
  • Perfumed soaps
  • Spermicides
  • Vaginal sprays

From: Vaginitis (Vaginal Infection) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Vaginitis."

Office of Women's Health: "Sexual Transmitted Infections Fact Sheet;" "Bacterial Vaginosis;" and "Vaginal Yeast Infection."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Vaginal Discharge."

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists: "Vaginitis."

Hall Health Center, University of Washington: "Yeast Infections."

Planned Parenthood: "Yeast Infection & Vaginitis."

Egan, M. , 2000. American Family Physician

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 25, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Vaginitis."

Office of Women's Health: "Sexual Transmitted Infections Fact Sheet;" "Bacterial Vaginosis;" and "Vaginal Yeast Infection."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Vaginal Discharge."

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists: "Vaginitis."

Hall Health Center, University of Washington: "Yeast Infections."

Planned Parenthood: "Yeast Infection & Vaginitis."

Egan, M. , 2000. American Family Physician

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 25, 2018

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