Women use a wide variety of products for cleanliness and odor control of the external genitalia. When produced by a reputable manufacturer with careful safety testing programs, most of these products have minimal or no adverse health effects. However, most members of the medical community agree that many of these products are not necessary. Nevertheless, many women feel a need to use extra care and attention in order to feel confident about genital hygiene.
Products for menstrual protection and the control of incontinence have developed dramatically in recent years. The development of products based on superabsorbent materials has given women a wide range of choices for discreet protection.
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The term vaginitis is one that is applied to any inflammation or infection of the vagina, and there are many different conditions that are categorized together under this ‘broad’ heading, including bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis and non-infectious vaginitis.