How are vaginal infections diagnosed?

Diagnosis of Common vaginal infections. So that a doctor can diagnose a vaginal infection, he or she may need to examine the outer genital skin and the inner vaginal lining. An instrument called a speculum, the same as used for a smear test, is sometimes used. A sample of discharge may be taken using a swab, which looks like a long cotton bud. This is sent to a laboratory for analysis.

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Are infectious disease drs qualified to diagnose vaginal infections? I saw dozens of OB/GYNs & they don’t have the knowledge. I was only misdiagnosed

Yes. I suggest when you visit the doctor that you request complete vaginal cultures of trichomonads, candida, bacteria vaginosis organisms, mycoplasma, ureaplasma, gardnerella, atopobium vaginae, megasphaera type-1and sexually transmitted diseases. Read more...
Of course. But OB/GYN specialists see many times more of these problems that infectious disease doctors do. Because there are so many causes of vaginal infections & symptoms, the testing & diagnosis can be complex. Perhaps a consultation with an Infectious Disease specialist to get some perspective on your problem might be helpful at this point. What you really need is an OB/GYN you have confidence in. Read more...
You may be confused. Have you seen a doctor for anxiety? It may be quite helpful. Mostly people that go to dozens of OB-Gyns and get told the same thing and still think they have something wrong are having psychiatric problems. Please see your doctor for this and a Phd psychologist for therapy. In the future use condoms. Read more...
Be aware. If multiple OB/GYN's haven't been able to identify your issue from a vaginal perspective, it's very possible that an infectious disease specialist may not provide you any better input. I just want you to be prepared that doctors don't have the answer for everything. Best of luck. Read more...

Symptoms of vaginal infections?

Several. The most common symptoms of a vaginal infection are vaginal discharge, itching, odor, vaginal burning or discomfort. Read more...
Discharge . That is abnormal , foul smell, pain, bumps or sores that have not been there before. Read more...

Does pain accompany all vaginal infections?

No. Many vaginal infections cause no symptoms at all, some cause discharge, odor, or itching, and some cause burning. Read more...
No. Symptoms of vaginal infection are as diverse as the organisms that cause them. Syphilis, hpv, or gonorrhea may produce no symptoms at all. Others such as yeast or bacteria may produce a discharge, odor and itching or irritation. Pain is not commonly associated with vaginal infection but could be seen with herpes virus or if more localized with an abcess due to typical bacteria. Read more...

Do vaginal infections affect fertility?

No, but. Yeast infections (vaginal candidiasis) and conditions like BV do not affect your fertility, but this obviously does not include infections (sti) like chlamydia. Read more...

What are the tests for recurrent vaginal infections?

Culture. Vaginal infections are determined by collecting a sample of vaginal fluid for culture and sending that to a lab that tests for bacteria. Read more...

How can I address the symptoms of recurrent vaginal infections?

Medication. A multi-factorial approach is the best. Lifestyle changes (e.g. Limiting practices like recent initiation of douching, moisture prevention, etc...) should also be considered. Read more...