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What is the reason for painful vaginal swab test?


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Dr. Sameer Kumar

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Published At November 24, 2018
Reviewed AtNovember 27, 2018

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

What does it mean if a swab test (just the Q tip inserted into the vagina) is very painful? More details about the presenting complaint: I have been bleeding nonstop for months, even while on Progesterone. And have heavy discharge with a bad smell. I went to the doctor to test for infection. Current medications include Progesterone and the past medications of the same issue include birth controls.

Answered by Dr. Sameer Kumar


Welcome to icliniq.com.

You are likely to have mixed vaginosis infection both bacterial and fungal which can easily cause cervicitis and is the likely reason you are bleeding since then. More so the infection causes vaginal walls to inflame and hence the pain on insertion. You shall require a course or oral antibiotics along with antifungal vaginal pessaries for complete treatment. Please discuss with your gynecologist and take an informed decision.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Sameer Kumar
Dr. Sameer Kumar

Obstetrics and Gynecology

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