Vaginal discharge is one of the three most common presenting complaints in gynecology. The most common causes of lower genital tract inflammation are due to vulvovaginal candidiasis (yeast infections), bacterial vaginosis, trichomonal infections, bacterial vaginitis and chemical vulvovaginitis. Fortunately, a gynecologist can easily diagnose these conditions with a history, physical examination and office laboratory tests which usually include a saline wet mount of the discharge and a measurement of the vaginal acidity (pH level). Other conditions that may present with an abnormal vaginal discharge include sexually transmitted infections (such as herpes, Chlamydia, gonorrhea) and retained foreign bodies. A gynecologist is specially trained to diagnose and manage any conditions pertaining to the pelvic organs.
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