Diagnosis of BV requires a vaginal exam by a qualified health care provider and the laboratory testing of fluid collected from the vagina.1,2,3
An examination to diagnose BV is similar to a regular gynecological checkup. While performing the examination, your health care provider will visually examine your vagina for signs of BV, which include increased vaginal discharge that has a white or gray color.
Your health care provider will also collect a small amount of your vaginal fluid with a wooden spatula or cotton-tipped applicator. The sample will be tested in a laboratory for the diagnosis of BV.
An accurate diagnosis of BV is important because it will help the provider determine whether you have BV or some other infection, such as a sexually transmitted disease like chlamydia.
To ensure an accurate diagnosis, health care providers usually ask that you:
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