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How is vaginitis diagnosed? if i go to the doctor with symptoms such as: vaginal itching and foul smelling discharge- will i need a pap smear? i

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Not necessarily: The pap smear is part of your ongoing healthy woman screening and will not be a part of the evaluation for vaginitis. That work-up usually involves an exam, cultures, and a microscopic slide exam of the vaginal discharge.
Dr. Frank Butera
Pediatrics 44 years experience
Don't confuse a PAP smear (taking a scraping of a cervix for examination under the microscope) with a pelvic exam (usually involves inserting a speculum into the vagina to for visualization and taking samples, followed by inserting two fingers into the vagina to feel the internal organs. You won't need a PAP, but will likely need a pelvic exam.
Oct 3, 2013
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Vaginitis diagnosis: Vaginitis is diagnosed by your physician using symptoms, examination and certain tests and cultures. You may or may not need a pap smear.

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