Often, the condition is caused a yeast infection called thrush. Affected individuals will notice a thick, white discharge and itching. Alternatively, a bacterial infection may be the cause, and in this case, the condition is called bacterial vaginosis. This version often causes discharge with a distinctive, fish-like smell. It can also be caused by sexually transmitted diseases such as trichomoniasis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea. Washing the skin around the vagina with harsh or highly scented products, and vaginal douching can also cause vaginitis.
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