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Vaginal Swab

A vaginal swab is done to collect samples of vaginal discharge. It is usually done to diagnose conditions like vaginal candidiasis, bacterial vaginosis, and trichomonas vaginalis.

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I have itching and inflammation in my private part. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, Yesterday, I had some really bad itching in my clitoris. Today I woke up with inflamed lips on labia and more discharge than usual. Please help me my vagina is sore and I am only 18 years old. I do not want to tell my parents that I have been sexually active. I do not know if it is a S...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It could be sexually transmitted disease. Have one vaginal swab to check in the laboratory to exactly know the organism of infection. Have a strict hygiene. Wear soft comfortable undergarments. Use condoms to prevent transmission of infection. After collection of vag...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for my severe back pain following a cervical polypectomy?

Query: Hi doctor, I had cervical polypectomy and was told to expect brown discharge. Now experiencing cramping, minor bleeding, vinegar smell, and severe back pain, to the point that I am dizzy and nauseous. A couple of days earlier had a bunch of discharge that looked like dark reddish and orangish skin. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is normal to experience reddish brown discharge for 4-5 days post cervical polypectomy, but it should not cause any back pain per se unless there has been a secondary infection or vaginitis or bacterial vaginosis which is quite likely with vinegar smell. Flagyl (M...  Read Full »

Is it normal to have vaginal pain while urinating along with stomach and back pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I have pain in the inside of my vagina when I pee and lower back and stomach pain that comes and goes. Is this normal?  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It could be sexually transmitted infection or pelvic infection. Get a high vaginal swab urinalysis, and urine culture. Follow strict hygiene, wear soft and comfortable undergarments. Use condoms to avoid sexually transmitted infection. Avoid cosmetics locally, just use ...  Read Full »

I had a thick white discharge after the day I took a contraceptive pill. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, A thick white discharge came out from my vagina just after the day I took a contraceptive pill. What to do now? Is it a serious issue? Please suggest me some medicine.  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your problem of vaginal discharge is not related to the emergency contraceptive pill. Excessive vaginal secretion can be due to candidiasis, diabetes, or long-term oral contraceptives. In addition, excessive vaginal secretions could be due to ovulation, sex desire or...  Read Full »

I have yellow thick foul-smelling vaginal discharge. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a yellow thick foul smelling discharge. It has been a while but it seems to be a problem. My partner also mentioned that I have extra smell compared to his previous partners. Why is this?  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You are suffering from bacterial vaginosis which is a bacterial infection. This can be confirmed with a high vaginal swab culture and shall require a course of antibiotics for a week with avoidance of intercourse during treatment. Try using alkaline vaginal washes to...  Read Full »

Why do I have sore and itchy urethra and labia?

Query: Hello doctor, My urethra and labia were suddenly sore and itchy. Now it has a yellow-green discharge from the urethra. What medication should I use?  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It could be a pelvic infection, sexually transmitted infection with or without urine infection. Have urinalysis, urine culture, high vaginal swab, strict hygiene. Soft comfortable undergarments. Sitz bath to relieve irritation (sit in warm water recurrently). Drink plen...  Read Full »

I experience excessive white vaginal discharge. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, My vaginal opening is white, and I have so much of discharge coming out. I am sexually active. I feel like my vagina is really large. I looked at my underwear and it was just filled with a paste-like discharge. I know I am ovulating. But I am worried when I look down there as I see a whit...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the attachment (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The white discharge is thick curdy. Candida infection causes the same. However, in the absence of itching or foul smell, it is recommended that you get a high vaginal swab culture test ...  Read Full »

What causes yellow vaginal discharge after giving birth?

Query: Hello doctor, I gave birth to my son three months back. Shortly after the bleeding stopped I had a discharge coming out it had a tinge of yellow to it. A few weeks after that it stopped. It has recently started again. What could it be and should I be worried? It causes some cramping.  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As now you are experiencing cramps it is better to send this swab for an investigation to a laboratory in form of a high vaginal swab. Collect the reports and discuss here or local gynecologist. Have strict local hygiene. Use condoms for sex to avoid transmission. Sof...  Read Full »

I have a yeast infection. Is there any OTC medication?

Query: Hello doctor, How can I treat a yeast infection? Is there over-the-counter medicine for that?  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Try to have a full treatment for any health issue that is reducing your immunity and causing you recurrent yeast infection like diabetes, immunocompromised diseases like AIDS, etc. Try to have a high vaginal swab to confirm that recurrently you are getting an infecti...  Read Full »

Why does my vagina close during sexual intercourse?

Query: Hi doctor, I noticed that for the past three months, I have had vaginal infection. But, all the tests were negative including vaginal swab and urine, which was done last month. I would like to know whether the vagina closes due to psychological reason. For example, when one do not want to have sex w...  Read Full »

Dr. Saraswat Kumarshri Shriniwas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is called as vaginismus. It is muscle spasm causing contraction of vagina. It happens due to various psychological issues. It could be due to guilt of sexual activity and some unconscious unresolved issues. It could also be due to dislike of partner. It needs coun...  Read Full »

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