Five-minute refresher: Vulvar examinations
- Do not assume vulvar pruritus is Candida; always look and test.
- Vulvar examination is easy and cost effective, do not forget to do it.
- Exams can be an opportunity to educate women about their vulva; offer a mirror.
- A male GP might consider using a female chaperone.
- Keep an open mind; do not be afraid to refer.
THE medical school mantra “More is missed by not looking than not knowing” is highly relevant when assessing patients with a vulvar