Vaginal discharge

Molecular diagnostics

Vaginal discharge is a non-bloody vaginal secretion. According to the patient, this secretion differs from the normal one, whether in terms of quantity, odour and/or colour. The patient might have other complaints as well, such as itching or irritations.

Vaginal discharge can have several causes. For example, the patient might have a bacterial vaginosis, a candida infection, Trichomonas vaginalis, Chlamydia trachomatis or Neisseria gonorrhoeae. A genital ulcer due to the Herpes simplex virus or Treponema pallidum can also be associated with vaginal discharge. It is therefore essential that a detailed past medical history be taken.

How do you send in the sample?

Examination for bacterial vaginosis can be done by sending in a vaginal swab. You fix the swab in the Cobas tube and send it to us by post. You will receive the result within five working days. For this diagnosis we follow the multidisciplinary guideline of the Nederlandse Vereniging voor Dermatologie en Venereologie (NVDV - Dutch Society for Dermatology and Venereology) and the Nederlandse Vereniging voor Medische Microbiologie (NVMM - Dutch Society for Medical Microbiology).

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