How is bacterial vulvovaginitis diagnosed?

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In order to diagnose bacterial vulvovaginitis, a doctor may start with a pelvic exam to check for symptoms such as inflammation or a vaginal discharge. Doctors often take a sample of the discharge to test for bacterial imbalances and vaginal pH. If the pH of the vaginal discharge is at least 4.5 and it has a fishy odor, the doctor can diagnose bacterial vulvovaginitis. However, more common gynecological tests such as a cervical Pap smear are not responsive enough to detect the minute bacterial imbalances in bacterial vulvovaginitis.

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Vulvovaginitis

Vulvovaginitis

Vulvovaginitis refers to numerous types of infections that can affect the vulva and vaginal area. Causes of vulvovaginitis include yeast, bacteria, parasites STDs and other viruses. If you have symptoms of vulvovaginitis like odor...

, discharge, itching, rash or pain in the vagina, you should call your doctor. You will want to make sure that you are treated for this condition, as it does not always go away on its own.
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