Vaginitis is defined as infection or inflammation of the vagina. More than 70% of cases of vaginitis are attributed to vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC), bacterial vaginosis (BV), or trichomoniasis.1 Symptoms include abnormal discharge, malodor, vulvovaginal pruritus, irritation, and dyspareunia. Some individuals with VVC present primarily with vulvar pruritus without vaginal discharge. However, none of these symptoms correlate well with specific diagnoses.2 Self-diagnosis, medical history, or both are insufficient for accurate diagnosis, and it is recommended that diagnostic testing be performed.1
Leclair C, Stenson A. Common Causes of Vaginitis. JAMA. 2022;327(22):2238–2239. doi:10.1001/jama.2022.6375
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