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Research indicates that about 75% of women will experience a vaginal infection during their lifetimes, and that 40 to 45% will have more than one occurrence. Fortunately, fewer than 5% of women experience more than four fungal infections per year. Among the adult female population of North America, fungal infection is the most frequent reason for seeking medical attention.
The prevalence and causes of vaginitis are not well understood, in part because women often diagnose the infection themselves and treat it at home. Vaginitis is often asymptomatic, or can be linked to other medical conditions. Most experts believe that nearly 90% of vaginitis cases are associated with bacterial vaginosis, candidal vulvovaginitis or trichomonas. Non-infectious causes include vaginal atrophy, allergies or chemical irritation.