. Other Specific Areas to RecordList
histories of vaginal discharge (leukorrhea) and
such characteristics as the duration, odor, con-
sistency, and color. When recording the obstetric
history, include past and present urinary
symptoms and any nausea or vomiting. It is
important to list the patients sexual history when
STD is suspected or when there are complaints
of painful coitus or postcoital bleeding.
PHYSICAL EXAMINATION OF
THE FEMALE GENITALIA
Before starting an examination of the female
genitalia, obtain a history of any urinary tract
infection symptoms, such as pain, frequency, and
urgency. If the patient has symptoms, you can
then determine the appropriate method of
specimen collection. The next step is to ask the
Figure 2-1.-The female reproductive systemanterior view.
Figure 2-2.-The female reproductive systemlateral view.