A discussion of vulvar physiology in the reproductive years is incomplete without reference to the menstrual cycle. This chapter describes hormonal and endometrial cycling leading to menstruation, the physical properties and composition of menses fluid, and investigations of the effects of menses and blood on vulvar skin.

A portion of this review appeared in Farage M, Warren R, Wang-Weigand S. The vulva is relatively insensitive to menses-induced irritation. Cutaneous Ocular Toxicol 2005; 24(4):243-246. Reprinted with permission from Taylor & Francis Group.

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Bacterial Vaginosis Facts

Bacterial Vaginosis Facts

This fact sheet is designed to provide you with information on Bacterial Vaginosis. Bacterial vaginosis is an abnormal vaginal condition that is characterized by vaginal discharge and results from an overgrowth of atypical bacteria in the vagina.

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