Many products are used for menstrual protection, although disposable pads, tampons, and panty liners are the most common (Fig. 2). However, some
women use alternative protection, such as menstrual cups, internally worn sponges, and washable pads made from fabric (Fig. 3).
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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.