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Etiology, Diagnosis, and Management of Vaginitis


  • Jane Mashburn CNM, MN, FACNM

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    • Jane Mashburn, CNM, MN, FACNM, is Clinical Associate Professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the Specialty Coordinator of the Nurse-Midwifery Education Program and the Director of the Masters' Program. She has practiced in both the private and public sectors.

Jane Mashburn, CNM, MN, FACNM, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, 1520 Clifton Road, Suite 340, Atlanta, GA 30322. E-mail:


Women often seek medical care for vaginal complaints. Many times, the cause of the complaint is misdiagnosed by the woman and/or her provider. These vaginal complaints may be related to infections, which when misdiagnosed or mistreated, can lead to more severe problems. This article describes the three most common vaginal infections, bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis, and vulvovaginal candidiasis. Appropriate diagnostic techniques and management therapies are reviewed.