Vaginal Infections






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Vaginal Infection Test

Our vaginal infection test screens for the main types of vaginitis: thrush, bacterial vaginosis, Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, and Syphilis.

Please schedule an appointment with a member of our team at the earliest sign of anything unusual. We always offer the option of consulting with female doctors if preferred. Feel free to contact us directly or use our convenient online booking system.

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What Is A Vaginal Infection

A vaginal infection refers to any infection that affects the vagina. These infections can be caused by various organisms such as bacteria, fungi, or viruses. Common types of vaginal infections include:

  1. Bacterial vaginosis: Caused by an imbalance of bacteria normally found in the vagina.
  2. Yeast infections (Thrush): Caused by an overgrowth of the fungus Candida.
  3. Trichomoniasis: A sexually transmitted infection caused by the parasite Trichomonas vaginalis.
  4. Vaginitis: Refers to inflammation of the vagina, which can be caused by infections, irritants, or hormonal changes.

Common Symptoms

Bacterial Vaginosis: In many cases, the only symptom will be a change in your discharge. BV discharge is white or greyish in colour and has a strong fishy smell, which may be more intense after sexual intercourse. BV does not usually cause itching or irritation.

Thrush: Symptoms include thin and watery, or thick and white (‘cottage cheese’) discharge. Other symptoms include intense itchiness and pain around the vagina. The discharge from thrush does not have a strong odour but may smell yeasty (like bread or beer).

Trichomoniasis: Symptoms may include frothy, yellow-green vaginal discharge with a strong odour, genital itching or redness, discomfort during urination, and pain during intercourse.

Vaginitis: Some symptoms that often accompany vaginitis include abnormal discharge, irritation, itching, mid-cycle bleeding, or dyspareunia (painful intercourse). If bacterial, vaginitis can be caused by thrush, bacterial vaginosis, or chemical irritation from soaps, spermicides, or douching.


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General Vaginal Health

Treatment for vaginal infections depends on the cause. Fungal infections are treated with antifungal creams and tablets, while bacterial infections require antibiotics.

To improve vaginitis and maintain vaginal health, keep your genital area clean and dry with a warm bath and plain, unperfumed soap. Avoid douching, as it can worsen symptoms by removing healthy bacteria.

Also, avoid using feminine hygiene products like sprays or deodorants, use pads instead of tampons during infection, and wear loose-fitting cotton underwear. Consider going without underwear at night for added comfort.


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Importance Of Good Bacteria

Bacterial infections of the vagina are usually caused by factors that upset the balance of the good bacteria normally present in the vagina. The bacteria found in a healthy vagina are there to protect and maintain its health. The main functions of healthy vaginal bacteria are:

  • To outnumber any potential bad bacteria that enter the vagina.
  • To regulate the pH of the vagina and keep it within a healthy range (around 4.5, which is slightly acidic).
  • To produce natural antibiotics where necessary to kill bad bacteria.
  • Produce a lubricant that prevents unwanted bacteria from settling in the vaginal wall.

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The Procedure

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Avoid using any products that could alter the natural environment of the vagina. This includes avoiding douching, using vaginal deodorants, or applying any medicated creams or ointments unless prescribed by a doctor.

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The testing process involves a physical examination and the collection of a sample from the vagina. This can be done using a swab, which is gently inserted into the vagina to collect cells or discharge for analysis. The process is quick and usually causes minimal discomfort. The doctor will also discuss any symptoms you’re experiencing to better understand your condition.

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The laboratory analysis will determine if there is an infection and, if so, identify its nature, whether it’s bacterial, fungal, or related to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, or syphilis. You will be notified of the results and your doctor will discuss appropriate treatment options based on the findings.

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Is bacterial vaginosis (BV) a sexually transmitted infection?
BV is not a sexually transmitted infection. If you have BV, your partner does not need to get treated. BV can, however, be caused by a new partner, or by having multiple sexual partners, due to the fact that intercourse can disrupt vaginal pH. BV can also occur in women who are not sexually active.
Is BV caused by poor hygiene?
No. In fact, in some cases BV can be caused by too much focus on cleanliness, especially where soaps and vaginal deodorants are concerned.
Which bacterial infections are sexually transmitted?
The sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that are caused by bacteria are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. STIs like genital herpes and HIV are caused by viruses.

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