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    Interuterine Device (IUD)

    A birth control device inserted directly into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. Intrauterine devices are also an extremely effective form of contraception, with failure rates as low as 0.2 percent. They are also reversible, and they do not permanently affect fertility. However, they do not provide protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

    Using an intrauterine device can cause vaginal dryness, particularly with hormonal IUDs (this is also common with other hormonal birth control treatments). Physicians often recommend water-based personal lubricants for patients who experience this symptom.

    Isopropyl Myristate

    Isopropyl Myristate is a a ester (replacing the hydrogen of an acid by another organic group) of Isopropyl Alcohol and Myristate Acid. Used as a skin conditioner and fragrance in many personal lubricants or sexual products.

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    Vaginitis

    Any inflammation of the vagina, including infections caused by Candida albicans (commonly known as a yeast infection) and various species of bacteria (known as bacterial vaginosis).

    Symptoms of vaginitis include itching, burning, odors, and discharge. Most types of vaginitis are easily treatable with antibiotics and fungicidal creams. While vaginitis can be a sexually transmitted infection, it can occur without any sexual contact.

    The vagina is host to numerous species of bacteria and fungi, many of which are beneficial (see “vaginal flora” for more information). Vaginitis occurs when the vaginal environment becomes imbalanced, resulting in an overgrowth of a specific microorganism.

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