Vaginitis: Beyond the Basics

Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am. 2017 Jun;44(2):159-177. doi: 10.1016/j.ogc.2017.02.010.


Vaginal complaints are one of the most common reasons women seek the advice of a health care provider. Uncomplicated infections such as vulvovaginal candidiasis, bacterial vaginosis, or trichomoniasis are easy to diagnose and treat. However, about 8% of patients will have a more complicated course with failure to respond to treatment or rapid recurrence of symptoms. Understanding the need for a methodical, diagnostic approach to help these women with recurrent or refractory cases of vaginal symptoms will aid the clinician achieve successful patient outcomes.

Keywords: Atrophic vaginitis; Bacterial vaginosis; Candida; Desquamative inflammatory vaginitis; Trichomoniasis; Vaginitis; Vulvovaginal candidiasis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Vaginitis* / diagnosis
  • Vaginitis* / etiology
  • Vaginitis* / therapy