How is vaginitis prevented?

Updated: Dec 04, 2018
  • Author: Hetal B Gor, MD, FACOG; Chief Editor: Michel E Rivlin, MD  more...
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Although safe sexual practices have not extensively evaluated as means of preventing vaginitis, they may play a role in reducing the incidence of bacterial vaginosis and T vaginalis infections. Good hygiene, avoiding tight undergarments, wearing 100% cotton underwear, and keeping the area dry also may play a role in preventing candidal infections.

No studies show any benefit to douching as a treatment or prevention for vaginitis; douching may actually exacerbate symptoms. Tampon use does not seem to be associated with vaginitis.

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