Mycotic cultures of 33 couples, in which the women had a diagnosis of chronic recurrent vulvovaginitis, were prepared from the oral cavity, the rectum, the vagina, and the male ejaculate. Reservoirs of infection were found in the oral cavities of 36% of the couples, the rectum in 33%, and the ejaculate in 15%. Prostatic cultures of the male were negative in each case. In most instances, the same organism was present in the reservoir and in the vagina. Elimination of the mycotic organisms in each site and restriction of sexual contact with the reservoir of mycotic organisms effected cures in these previously recurrent vulvovaginitis patients.
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