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How do health care providers diagnose vaginitis?

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To find out the cause of a woman's symptoms, her health care provider will

  • Examine the vagina, the vulva, and the cervix (opening to the womb).
  • Look for vaginal discharge, noting its color, qualities, and any odor.
  • Study a sample of vaginal fluid under a microscope.

Other lab tests are also sometimes used to diagnose vaginitis.1


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2010). Self-study STD module—vaginitis. Retrieved March 23, 2012, from http://www2a.cdc.gov/STDTraining/Self-Study/vaginitis/ [top]

Last Updated Date: 11/30/2012
Last Reviewed Date: 11/30/2012
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