What is vaginitis?
Vaginitis is a term for any infection or inflammation of the vagina. The three most common types of vaginal infections are yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis. There are also non-infectious causes of vaginitis such as allergic reactions to vaginal sprays, douches, spermicidal products, soaps or detergents.
What is bacterial vaginosis (BV)?
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the most common type of vaginal infection. A bacterial infection occurs when the bacteria that is normally found in a woman’s vagina, multiplies. Although BV is more frequent in sexually active women, it is not usually considered a sexually transmitted infection.
What is a vaginal yeast infection?
A vaginal yeast infection is a common infection that is caused by a fungus called Candida. Candida is a naturally occurring yeast that is found in small amounts in a woman’s vagina. A yeast infection is the result of an increase in the quantity of Candida.
What is trichomoniasis?
Trichomoniasis, also known as “trich,” is a sexually transmitted infection caused by a parasite. Although it is more common in women, both men and women can get a trich infection. In women, the infection can present itself in the vagina, urethra, cervix, bladder and genital area glands.
What is considered an abnormal vaginal discharge?
A vaginal discharge is abnormal if it is excessive, has an unusual colour or has an abnormal odour compared to your usual discharge. The VagiSense® test can also be performed in cases of itching or irritation with a normal vaginal discharge.
What is vaginal pH?
Vaginal pH refers to the acidity level of the vagina. Normal vaginal pH ranges between 3.8 and 4.5. Bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis often cause a vaginal pH higher than 5.0 due to a bacterial imbalance in the vagina.
Can I have more than one cause of infection at one time?
Yes. In one study, it was shown that 21.1% of the women with a yeast infection actually had mixed infections (a combination of yeast infection and bacterial infection and/or trichomoniasis).
Can I take a shower before testing with VagiSense®?
Yes. Showering before use will not affect the results; however, make sure you are completely dry before using the test as water may interfere with the test result.
Should I use VagiSense® at a specific time during the day?
VagiSense® reacts to vaginal secretion, which discharges throughout the day, therefore, you can test anytime.
In which situations is it recommended to use VagiSense®?
VagiSense® should be used if you have any of the following symptoms: 1) abnormal or excessive vaginal discharge, 2) vaginal itching or vaginal burning, 3) vaginal discharge with abnormal colour or unpleasant odour.
When is it recommended to delay performing the test?
If it is less than one day before or the day after your period; if there are signs of menstruation or any vaginal bleeding; if it is less than 12 hours after sexual intercourse or vaginal douching; if it is less than 72 hours after the application of vaginal preparations like contraceptive creams or lubricants.
Where should I store VagiSense®?
VagiSense® should be stored in a dry place at room temperature and out of reach of children. The test must be sealed until use to avoid contamination.
How many test swabs are included in the box?
The VagiSense® box includes two test swabs for your convenience. Check the expiration date on the individual test package before using the product.
Does the test require a prescription?
VagiSense® is an over-the-counter test, meaning it does not require a prescription.
Is there any specific way to use the test?
You should follow the instructions indicated on the package insert.
What should I do after performing the test?
You should wait 10 seconds and check the tip of the VagiSense® swab for colour changes from yellow to blue or green. You can then dispose of the test as you would any other feminine hygiene product.
What stain is considered as a positive result?
If any part of the test tip is stained blue or green, your vaginal acidity (pH) is abnormal, and you may have a bacterial or parasitic vaginal infection. You should see your healthcare professional for further testing and treatment. Do not treat yourself.
What does VagiSense® diagnose?
A positive test indicates a possible acidity imbalance in your vaginal secretion, known to accompany bacteria (bacterial vaginosis) and parasitic (trichomoniasis) infections.
Can I use VagiSense® if I have no abnormal discharge but have irritation and itching?
Yes. VagiSense® can be used in the absence of abnormal vaginal discharge to test other abnormal vaginal symptoms.
What should I do if the tip remains yellow?
If the entire tip remains yellow (negative result), it means that your acidity parameters are normal and the risk of having a bacterial or parasitic infection is low. You may have a yeast infection, and you may consider using a non-prescription treatment.
What should I do if I’m not certain that the VagiSense® yellow tip came into contact with vaginal discharge?
You should perform a second test immediately after the first, using a new VagiSense® swab.
Is VagiSense® suitable for pregnant women?
If you are pregnant, you should consult your healthcare professional before using VagiSense® and never try to treat yourself before discussing your symptoms with your healthcare professional.