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What to Expect During Your Visit to the Drexel Vaginitis Center

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The Drexel Vaginitis Center is a nationally recognized center specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of women with chronic vaginal infections. Our providers see patients at our Center City Philadelphia office.

During your initial 45-minute evaluation, we will record your medical history and, if available, review your medical records. The physical exam will focus on vaginal symptoms and will include laboratory studies.

Types of Laboratory Studies

Wet Mount
A sample of vaginal discharge is placed on a glass slide and mixed with a salt solution. The slide is viewed under a microscope to detect bacteria, yeast cells, trichomoniasis (trichomonads), white blood cells that show an infection, parabasal cells (evidence of vaginal thinning) or clue cells that show bacterial vaginosis.

KOH Prep
A sample of vaginal discharge is placed on a slide and mixed with a solution of potassium hydroxide (KOH). The KOH kills bacteria and cells from the vagina, leaving only yeast for a diagnosis of yeast infection.

Laboratory Tests

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Vaginal pH
Measuring the vaginal pH is helpful to distinguish between a broad array of vaginal conditions.

Yeast Cultures
A culture confirms a yeast infection. A positive result occurs when a greater-than-normal amount of yeast grows in a sample of vaginal discharge over several days.

Other Studies
Depending on your physical examination, other tests such as bacterial cultures, trichomonas PCR , vaginal or vulvar biopsies may also be performed. Most patients will not require these tests.

Important Note

For the most accurate diagnosis, it is helpful if you are experiencing symptoms at the time of your first visit. It can be difficult to evaluate you if you have recently been treated for vaginitis. For this reason, please do not use any vaginal medications, creams or douches for at least 14 days prior to your appointment.

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The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.

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