Vaginitis is a common gynaecological problem. The primary complaint is typically of discharge, accompanied by non-specific symptoms such as pruritus, tenderness and superficial dyspareunia.
There are many possible causes of the discharge, some of which are more common to specific age groups:
- infection is the most likely cause in reproductive life
- atrophy may affect pre-pubertal or post-menopausal women
- poor hygiene, foreign body and sexual interference are likely causes pre-pubertally
Discharge is normally clear or white. An infected discharge is usually purulent and coloured.