Bacterial vaginosis physical examination

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Sara Mehrsefat, M.D. [2]


Common genital examination of patients with bacterial vaginosis is usually remarkable for fishy-odor from the vagina, thin, white/gray vaginal discharge, and lack of significant vulvovaginal inflammation.[1]

Physical Examination

Genital examination

A genital examination of patients with bacterial vaginosis is usually remarkable for:

  • Fishy-odor emitted from the vagina
  • Thin, white/gray, homogeneous vaginal discharge
  • Lack of significant vulvovaginal inflammation


  1. Center for Disease Control and prevention. Mortality and morbidity weekly reports. Sexually transmitted disease treatment guideline. (2015) Accessed on October 20, 2016

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