Vulvar diseases: Approach to the patient

Melissa M. Mauskar, Kalyani Marathe, Aruna Venkatesan, Bethanee J. Schlosser, Libby Edwards

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Patients with vulvar dermatoses often delay seeking medical treatment because of anxiety and embarrassment. Moreover, women frequently self-treat with various home remedies and see multiple clinicians before presenting to a dermatologist. Despite serving as the primary providers for patients with vulvovaginal symptoms, gynecologists typically receive limited training in the causes and management of these conditions. Dermatologists are experts in the evaluation and management of cutaneous disease and should be the caretakers of all skin, including the genitalia. Vulvar disorders are underrecognized by dermatologists for numerous reasons: inadequate training, lack of comfort with both interview and examination techniques, and unfamiliarity with normal anatomic variations. The first article in this continuing medical education series on vulvar dermatoses reviews the fundamentals, approach, and techniques that can be used to ensure a successful visit for both patient and provider.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1277-1284
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2020


  • female genitalia
  • genital
  • patient education
  • physical examination
  • vulvar dermatology
  • vulvology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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