Five-minute refresher: Vulvar examinations

Key points

  • 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