Physical examination

A. The vulva usually appears normal in bacterial vaginosis. Erythema, edema, or fissure formation suggest candidiasis, trichomoniasis, or dermatitis. Trichomonas is associated with a purulent discharge; candidiasis is associated with a thick, adherent, "cottage cheese-like" discharge; and bacterial vaginosis is associated with a thin, homogeneous, "fishy smelling" discharge. The cervix in women with cervicitis is usually erythematous and friable, with a mucopurulent discharge. Abdominal or cervical motion tenderness is suggestive of PID.

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Bacterial Vaginosis Facts

Bacterial Vaginosis Facts

This fact sheet is designed to provide you with information on Bacterial Vaginosis. Bacterial vaginosis is an abnormal vaginal condition that is characterized by vaginal discharge and results from an overgrowth of atypical bacteria in the vagina.

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