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Vaginal Microbiome Test

Vaginal Microbiome Test

After many years we now have a replacement to the Genova Vaginosis profile – Offered by a different lab it is now called the Vaginal Microbiome Test.

Recurrent or chronic vaginitis is one of the most common reasons that women seek medical attention. Although vaginitis may be caused by a foreign organism, such as gonorrhea, far more cases stem from alterations in the vaginal environment which in turn can trigger inflammation and discomfort.

Factors influencing the vaginal environment include

  • Acid/base balance (pH)
  • Level of protective Lactobacilli
  • Glycogen and glucose
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Sex hormones
  • Sexual contact
  • Immune health
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Natural flushing action of vaginal secretions

Identifying these factors is essential in preventing reocurrence of infection. Just as important is the identification of the causative organisms so that the most effective treatment can be used.

The Vaginal microbiome Profile is the most comprehensive evaluation available. It includes microscopic examination of vaginal fluid, and also looks for evidence of different types of bad bacteria and yeasts as well as checking for Lactobacillus, the protective bacteria that is easily removed by oral antibiotics.

Who is this helpful for;

This test will be useful for women who have or are at risk of pregnancy and fertility issues, bacterial vaginosis, candida, pelvic inflammatory disorder and other vaginal problems.

What is being measured

Healthy vaginal microbiota (homeostasis)
Bacteria asscociated with Vaginal dysbiosis
Yeasts/ candida
Inflammatory marker IL-1β

The full list of what is being tested.

  • Lactobacillus crispatus
  • Lactobacillus iners
  • Lactobacillus jensinii
  • Lactobacillus gasseri
  • Gardnerella vaginalis
  • Bacteroides fragilis
  • Mobiluncus mulieris
  • Mobiluncus curtisii
  • Streptococcus agalactiae
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Megasphera 1
  • Megasphera 2
  • Escherichia coli
  • Enterococcus faecalis
  • Atopobium vaginae
  • BVAB2
  • Prevotella bivia
  • Ureaplasma urealyticum
  • Candida albicans
  • Candida parapsilosis
  • Candida tropicalis
  • Candida krusei

Specimen Requirements

1 vaginal swab – easy to do at home – no nurse or doctor visit required

Before Taking this Test

48 Hours prior to collecting sample:

• Complete short-term prescribed medication e.g. antibiotics. 24 Hours prior to collecting sample: Do not stop any prescribed medication without your Doctors agreement.
• No sexual intercourse.

Day of collection:

• Do not apply vaginal lotions, creams, or emollients before taking the test. • Do not wash your genital area prior to collection.
• Do not collect samples when menstruating.

Turn-Around Time

10 Days