What is Vaginal pH Test for?
The Vaginal pH Test detects any abnormalities in the levels of vaginal pH acidity by using a special swab. Any alteration of the vaginal pH balance can cause or could be caused by, vaginal infections such as bacterial vaginosis. Immediate and safe results in less than a minute.
What is vaginal pH?
The abbreviation pH indicates, in chemistry, a term to describe the degree of solution acidity in cervical mucus, in this case, the vaginal environment. Normally, a vaginal pH is between 3.8 and 4.5, essential for the proper functioning of female genitals defence systems from infections of bacterial origin. This system can effectively avoid colonisation by pathogenic germs and the occurrence of vaginal infections.
They are quite common and often a recurring problem among women of all age groups. Normal levels of female reproductive system acidity are different according to the fertile age of a woman: during childhood and old age, when estrogen levels are lower, the vaginal pH is neutral; in adolescence and adulthood, the pH becomes acid in order to protect the apparatus from infections and promote the growth of lactobacilli that defend against vaginal and vulvovaginal affections. The pH tends to neutrality even during the premenstrual and menstrual period, while it’s very acid before ovulation and rises after the release of the egg from the follicle.
There are several pathological conditions that favour the increase of the vaginal pH level, including sexually transmitted diseases, candidiasis, bacterial vaginosis and trichomoniasis; this is the reason why it’s useful to detect any anomalies in vaginal acidity because it could be an indicator of any infections in progress to be investigated with the doctor. These can be very dangerous, especially for pregnant women, both for the mother and for the foetus, so the test results should always be discussed with a specialist.
Who should use the Vaginal pH Test?
The Vaginal pH Test is suitable for both professional and private users to determine the presence of possible vaginal pH abnormalities and undertake any preventive actions. For health professionals, it’s useful to detect a variation in the correct systems of protection and regulation of the female reproductive system. It’s also perfect for all women who feel vaginal discomfort.
A VAGINAL PH TEST can help you maintain a healthy Vaginal pH
How does the Vaginal pH Test work?
The Vaginal pH Test is a self-diagnostic device for the semi-quantitative determination of vaginal pH in samples, taken with a specific vaginal swab, using it as an aid in bacterial vaginosis diagnosis, with a pH paper to determine pH levels.
As soon as the swab containing the specimen from the vagina comes in contact with the pH paper encased in the Test panel, a colour change occurs. Different pH levels can result in different grades and shades of colour with each colour grade/shade specifying a particular pH level on the colour scale.
1) Insert the head of swab gently into the vagina and gently press the swab to a point for approximately 10 seconds. It is important that the head of swab becomes well moistened with vaginal secretions.
2) Withdraw the swab from the vagina for testing. Apply the head of swab onto pH area of the test panel for at least 5 times, make sure enough secretion is applied on the pH area of the test panel.
|3) Read the test result immediately while the measurement zone is still wet. Compare the colour in the pH measurement zone with the colour scale on the foil pouch.|
When should I use the Vaginal pH Test?
The Vaginal pH Test is useful for the diagnosis of a possible presence of bacterial vaginosis. It is a precious aid for both professional and private users, it’s also suitable for pregnant women who wish to monitor the presence of possible pathologies affecting the female genital system. Carefully follow the instructions for use provided with the diagnostic kit.
Common questions asked to a Doctor:
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How do you know your pH is feminine?
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