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OUR RICE $179.00 USD
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Swab can be self collected by patient at home
Identifies and differentiates bacterial, yeast and Trichomonas Vaginal infections
Yeast and bacterial susceptibility testing included
Bacterial Vaginosis score provided
Diagnosis of vaginal infections by symptoms alone, or self-diagnosis with use of over-the-counter products, is a common practice but can result in misdiagnosis and treatment failure. The Comprehensive Vaginosis Profile is utilized for detection and identification of bacteria, yeast, Trichomonas vaginalis (pathogenic parasite) and other cells to aid in developing the most efficacious treatment protocol for positive patient outcome. Identification of factors which might upset vaginal micro flora balance, as well as finding the causative organism, are crucial to diagnosing and treating the infection.
Symptoms of vaginitis may be responsible for 10% of all visits by women to their healthcare practitioners. Typical symptoms include vaginal discharge, discomfort, itching, burning, discolored malodorous drainage and sometimes pain. The three general categories of vaginitis are hormonal imbalance, irritation and infection. Of these, infectious vaginitis is the most common in women of reproductive age and is usually a result of alterations in the vaginal micro flora. One of the major causes of infectious vaginitis is bacterial Vaginosis and although bacterial Vaginosis may be an antecedent to vaginitis, this disorder is often underestimated since 50% of women with bacterial Vaginosis are asymptomatic. Bacterial Vaginosis, distinct from bacterial vaginitis, is not necessarily an inflammatory process but the bacterial constituents that may be responsible for a bacterial Vaginosis are capable of causing serious infections. Instead of the normal predominance of Lactobacillus Acidophilus bacteria, increased numbers of anaerobic organisms (Gardnerella vaginalis, Mobiluncus, Mycoplasma hominis, Prevotella and Peptostreptococcus ) may be found in vaginal secretions of women with bacterial Vaginosis. Vulvovaginal candida, another condition often responsible for symptoms of vaginitis is the nomenclature designated for specific vaginal yeast infection. Although the exact causes of bacterial Vaginosis or vulvovaginal candida are not clear the probable causes may be related to changes in the micro flora environment which result in abnormal proliferation of harmful bacteria or yeast. The micro flora balance may be disrupted by any combination of poor diet, poor hygiene, toxic bowel, overuse of antibiotics, abnormal menstrual flow, use of corticosteroids or oral contraceptive, pregnancy, sexual contact, douching, use of perfumed soaps or deodorant sprays or use of an intrauterine contraceptive device. Bacterial Vaginosis can increase a woman’s susceptibility to STD's (sexually transmitted diseases) including Trichomonas infection. Other associated complications may include upper genital urinary tract infection (UTI), preterm delivery and postoperative pelvic infections.
Facilitated by Gram staining, specimens are carefully examined microscopically for the presence of curved and small gram negative bacteria, lactobacilli, yeast, clue cells and red and white blood cells. Clue cells are the most specific confirmatory criterion for a diagnosis of bacterial
Vaginosis and the presence of white blood cells indicates the degree of inflammation.
Eosinophil's are often present in allergic vaginitis.
Trichomonas vaginalis is a pathogenic parasite (flagellate) that is acquired by sexual contact. Males with Trichomonas infection are usually asymptomatic and women are likely reinfected if all sexual partners are not treated. It is estimated that worldwide there are 180 million cases of trichomoniasis each year including about 5 million cases in women in the United States. Incidence is likely higher because trichomoniasis is currently not a reportable disease. Culture of vaginal secretions is considered the gold- standard method for diagnosis of trichomoniasis.
Samples are cultured for yeast overgrowth and dysbiotic bacteria, as well as normal bacteria of the vagina ( Lactobacillus spp). When yeast or dysbiotic bacteria are cultured, susceptibility testing with prescription pharmaceuticals and natural remedies such as Berberine, Black Walnut, Caprylic Acid, Oregano, Uva Ursi, Grapfruit Seed Extract, Silver, and Plant Tanins is performed.
see sample report
If you have further questions after receiving your
report, a phone consult with Dr. Psonak is available for an additional fee.
Comprehensive Vaginosis Profile Price
$179.00 USD (free shipping