Canadian Guidelines on Sexually Transmitted Infections - Vaginal Discharge


The clinical features of vulvovaginitis are non-specific and should not be used to confirm an etiologic diagnosis. Common symptoms are described below.


  • Candidiasis - increased white, thick, curdy vaginal discharge associated with pruritus, dysuria, and burning.

  • Trichomoniasis - increased yellow frothy vaginal discharge associated with increased odor, pruritus, and dysuria.

  • Bacterial vaginosis - increased thin whitish-grey vaginal discharge with increased odor.

  • Group A Streptococcus - profuse watery yellow vaginal discharge +/- moderate-severe vulvar pain +/- pruritus.