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How does a doctor diagnose abnormal vaginal discharge?

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The doctor will start by taking a health history and asking about your symptoms. Questions may include:

The doctor may take a sample of the discharge or do a Pap test to collect cells from your cervix for further examination.

  • When did the abnormal discharge begin?
  • What color is the discharge?
  • Is there any smell?
  • Do you have any itching, pain, or burning in or around the vagina?
  • Do you have more than one sexual partner?
  • Do you douche?

From: Vaginal Discharge: What’s Abnormal? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health: ''What is Vaginitis?''

American Family Physician , 2004; vol 69: pp 2191-2192.

Mitchell, H. , 2004; vol 328: pp 1306-1308. BMJ

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: ''Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, 2010.''

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 25, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health: ''What is Vaginitis?''

American Family Physician , 2004; vol 69: pp 2191-2192.

Mitchell, H. , 2004; vol 328: pp 1306-1308. BMJ

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: ''Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, 2010.''

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 25, 2018

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