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Can I Test My Vaginal pH at Home?
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Can I Test My Vaginal pH at Home?

You may have already had your vaginal pH tested many times by your gynecologist. This allows them to determine the acidity or alkalinity of your vaginal secretions. But is knowing your vaginal pH important?

Can I Test My Vaginal pH at Home?

Why Do I Need To Know My Vaginal pH?

You may want to test your vaginal pH if you are experiencing vaginal symptoms, including itching, burning, a foul odour from your vagina, or if you are getting an abnormal vaginal discharge.

However, you should understand that a home test will not diagnose HIVchlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea, syphilis, or group B streptococcus. You should use one of our separate tests for this - remembering that we have 3 for 2 on all products.

Typically, when women experience unusual vaginal symptoms, the first thing thought is that this could be a vaginal yeast infection. If you experience vaginal symptoms that you feel could be a vaginal yeast infection, this test can help you determine other types of infections. Of course, before you self-treat yourself using an over-the-counter (OTC) medication, you should always confirm any unusual symptoms with your doctor.

How Do I Use an At-Home Vaginal pH Test Kit?

A home vaginal pH test kit typically includes a piece of pH test paper and a colour chart for determining your vaginal pH results. To perform the test, place the pH test paper against the wall of your vagina for a few seconds.

Next, compare the colour of your pH test paper to the colour chart. Whilst the colour may not be an exact match to the chart, you should choose the colour your test result closely resembles.

What Do the Results of My Home Vaginal pH Test Mean?

Normal vaginal pH is 3.8 to 4.5, which is slightly acidic.

Abnormal vaginal pH indicates the presence of a vaginal infection. However you should note that not all vaginal infections cause changes to vaginal pH. This means that having a normal vaginal pH test does not necessarily mean that you do not have a vaginal infection.

If your vaginal pH is above normal, the most likely reason is that you have bacterial vaginosis (BV), not a yeast infection. In this case, don't use OTC medications for vaginal yeast infections, because the medication will not treat your BV so is in effect useless. Instead, you'll need to see your doctor for correct diagnosis and treatment.

Alternatively, if your vaginal pH is normal or below normal and you've had previous vaginal yeast infections diagnosed by a doctor, you can try one of the OTC medications for vaginal yeast infections.

Words: David Bailey-Lauring, Health & Fitness Writer

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