This six-page handout educates women about vaginal infection, also called vaginitis, which is an inflammation of the vagina. It explains that most women have some vaginal discharge, describes normal discharge, and identifies vaginal infection symptoms, clarifying that a doctor should be called at signs of infection. It discusses different types of vaginal infections, including yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis (BV), atrophic vaginitis, and trichomoniasis vaginitis. The document provides information about care and treatment with medicines, bathing, and sanitary pads, clarifying that partners may need treatment because some types of vaginal infection can be spread by sexual contact. It makes recommendations for ways to prevent vaginal infections, including not using a douche.
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