How do health care providers diagnose vaginitis?
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
- 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.asp [top]
Last Updated Date: 11/30/2012
Last Reviewed Date: 11/30/2012