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Fungus Culture [VAGINAL SWAB]

A Fungus Culture [VAGINAL SWAB] test is a diagnostic procedure carried out to detect and identify fungal infections in the vagina. The most common cause of vaginal fungal infections is Candida, a type of yeast. These infections are commonly referred to as "yeast infections" and can cause symptoms such as itching, burning, unusual discharge, and discomfort during sex or urination.


  • Test NameFungus Culture [VAGINAL SWAB]
  • Sample TypeVaginal Swab
  • Preparations RequiredNo specific instructions are required before a vaginal swab. However, it's advisable not to douche or use vaginal deodorant or sexual lubricants 24 hours before the test, as these may affect the results.
  • Report Time21 Days
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    Book your convenient slot
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    Sample Collection by Phlebotomist
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    Reporting of the sample at lab
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    Download Reports
    Frequently Asked Questions

    This test is usually done when a woman has symptoms of a vaginal infection, such as itching, burning, abnormal discharge, discomfort during sex, or redness and swelling of the vulva.

    The vaginal swab is collected by a healthcare professional during a pelvic examination. The professional will insert a speculum into your vagina to hold the vaginal walls apart, then use a sterile swab to collect a sample from your vaginal wall and/or cervix.

    A positive result indicates the presence of fungi in the vagina, indicating a vaginal fungal infection. The specific type of fungus identified helps to determine the appropriate treatment.

    A negative result means that no fungi were grown from the cultured sample, suggesting that your symptoms may not be due to a fungal infection.

    It usually takes 1 to 3 weeks to get the results of a Fungus Culture [VAGINAL SWAB] test. This time allows for any fungi present to grow in the culture medium.

    Douching, using vaginal deodorants or lubricants, or having sexual intercourse shortly before the test can potentially affect the results.

    If your test results are abnormal, you should consult a gynecologist or an infectious disease specialist. They can provide guidance on appropriate treatment options.

    While uncomfortable, vaginal fungal infections are typically not serious. However, if left untreated, they can cause chronic symptoms and may increase your susceptibility to sexually transmitted infections.

    Preventive measures include maintaining good vaginal hygiene, wearing breathable underwear, avoiding douching, and limiting the intake of sugars and yeasts in your diet.

    Vaginal fungal infections are generally treated with antifungal medications, which can be applied topically or taken orally.

    If you're experiencing symptoms of a vaginal infection and over-the-counter treatments aren't effective, or if you have recurrent yeast infections, your doctor may recommend this test. The frequency will depend on your specific circumstances and your doctor's advice.

    No, fasting is not required for this test.

    In a healthy person, fungi are not typically found in the vaginal area. Therefore, the normal result would be no fungal growth in the cultured vaginal swab sample.

    Diet, personal hygiene, use of certain medications (like antibiotics or corticosteroids), and having a weakened immune system can affect the levels of fungi.

    Non-modifiable factors include being female, having a naturally higher estrogen level, or having a genetic predisposition to fungal infections.

    A Fungus Culture [VAGINAL SWAB] test is a crucial diagnostic tool for identifying and managing vaginal fungal infections. If you are experiencing persistent or recurrent symptoms of a vaginal infection, don't hesitate to consult your healthcare provider about getting tested. It could lead to quicker, more effective treatment and relief from discomfort.

Fungus Culture [VAGINAL SWAB]
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