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Gram's Stain - Vaginal Discharge with Nugent's Score

Gram's Stain - Vaginal Discharge with Nugent's Score

Gram's Stain of Vaginal Discharge with Nugent's Score is a diagnostic procedure used to identify bacterial vaginosis, which is the most common cause of vaginal discharge in women of reproductive age. This test is essential as bacterial vaginosis can lead to serious health risks, including increased susceptibility to sexually transmitted infections and complications during pregnancy.


  • Test Name Gram's Stain - Vaginal Discharge with Nugent's Score
  • Sample Type Vaginal swab
  • Preparations Required Do not douche, use tampons, or have sexual intercourse for at least 24 hours prior to the test.
  • Report Time 4 hours

The test utilizes Gram's staining technique, which differentiates bacteria into two large groups: Gram-positive and Gram-negative, based on the chemical and physical properties of their cell walls. For vaginal discharge, the Gram stain can help identify the presence of bacterial vaginosis. Nugent's scoring system is used to interpret the results of the Gram stain.

Nugent's score is a system of classification for the results of a Gram stain of vaginal discharge. The score ranges from 0 to 10, with higher scores indicating a greater likelihood of bacterial vaginosis. The score is based on the presence and concentration of three types of bacteria: Lactobacillus species, Gardnerella vaginalis, and Mobiluncus species.

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Frequently Asked Questions

It is a test that uses the Gram's staining method and Nugent's scoring system to identify bacterial vaginosis in vaginal discharge.

The test is performed to diagnose bacterial vaginosis, which can cause symptoms like itching, burning, and unusual discharge.

The test is done using a sample of vaginal discharge, which is obtained with a sterile swab during a pelvic examination.

Nugent's score ranges from 0 to 10, with higher scores indicating a greater likelihood of bacterial vaginosis.

A high Nugent's score suggests bacterial vaginosis. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to treat the condition.

This test is generally safe with no specific risks. You may feel a bit of discomfort during the sample collection.

A Nugent's score of 0-3 is considered normal, 4-6 is intermediate, and 7-10 suggests bacterial vaginosis.

If your Nugent's score is high, consult a gynecologist.

You should avoid douching, using tampons, or having sexual intercourse for at least 24 hours prior to the test.

Yes, recent sexual activity, use of vaginal products, or menstrual period can affect the test results.

Modifiable factors include sexual activity and use of vaginal products. Using condoms and avoiding douching can help maintain a healthy vaginal environment.

Non-modifiable factors include hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle and individual variations in the vaginal microbiota.

You should get this test done if you have symptoms of bacterial vaginosis or if you are at risk of sexually transmitted infections.

The price includes the cost of the Gram stain and Nugent's scoring.

Understanding the health of your vaginal microbiota is essential to maintaining your overall well-being. With the Gram's Stain - Vaginal Discharge with Nugent's Score test, you can accurately diagnose bacterial vaginosis and prevent potential complications. If you have any concerns or symptoms, consult your doctor promptly.

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