NOTE: This test is ONLY AVAILABLE TO AUSTRALIAN RESIDENTS.
Vaginal infections, including bacterial vaginosis (BV), vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC), and trichomoniasis (TV), are among the most common reasons for which women seek medical investigation. However, often infections go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed due to lack of investigation or inaccurate testing. If left untreated, many of these infections can have serious long term health implications and misdiagnosis leads to incorrect treatment and the high rate of recurrence seen.
Complex ecosystems of microbes reside in the female reproductive tract. The vagina consists of trillions of microorganisms — mostly bacteria, plus some fungi and viruses. A disruption in this ecosystem, usually a deficiency of Lactobacillus and overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria, may result in possible infection and unwanted symptoms.
An estimated 75% of women will have at least one episode of VVC, TV or BV in their lifetime and over 30% of women test positive for BV at any given time, with prevalence rates varying over different populations studied.
The vagina is home to a complex ecosystem of organisms that may include bacteria, viruses, parasites and yeasts. Some of these organisms are important in keeping us healthy as they act to discourage other potential pathogens from thriving. Disruptions in balance of any of these can lead to infections and/or uncomfortable symptoms. Every vaginal microbiome is different and factors such as age, hormonal disruptions and even antibiotic/probiotic use can contribute to changes.
Signs and Symptoms of Vaginal Infections
- Vaginal discharge change in colour, heaviness, consistency
- Malodorous discharge (foul or fishy odour)
- Cervicitis (inflammation of the cervix)
- Dyspareunia (pain during sexual intercourse)
- Post-coital bleeding
- Pain and/or inflammation around or outside vagina
- Dysuria (painful urination)
- Genital lesions/ ulcerations
- FUT2 gene mutations
About the Vaginal Home Test
The vaginal microbiome & dysbiosis test is a simple vaginal swab that can be done in your home. The test is looking for key vaginal markers including:
- Opportunistic Bacteria
- Fungal Pathogens
- Beneficial Bacteria
The test includes:
- A vaginal swab specimen test kit
- Complete easy to follow instructions for taking the test
- Free express postage for the sample to be sent to the laboratory
Test results are sent to one of our professional health practitioners within 5 business days for evaluation. Our practitioners contact you with the results and recommendations on any findings via email, mail or phone.
Example of the Vaginal Microbiome Test Results
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