Vaginitis test - wet mount

Definition

The vaginitis wet mount test is a test to detect an infection of the vagina.

How the Test is Performed

This test is done in your health care provider's office.

The discharge is sent to a lab. There, it is placed onto a slide. It is then viewed under a microscope and checked for signs of infection.

How to Prepare for the Test

Follow any instructions from your provider on preparing for the test. This may include:

How the Test will Feel

There may be slight discomfort when the speculum is inserted into the vagina.

Why the Test is Performed

The test looks for the cause of vaginal irritation and discharge.

Normal Results

A normal test result means there are no signs of an infection.

Normal value ranges may vary slightly among different laboratories. Some labs use different measurements or test different samples. Talk to your provider about the meaning of your specific test results.

What Abnormal Results Mean

Abnormal results mean there is an infection. The most common infections are due to one or a combination of the following:

Risks

There are no risks with this test.


Review Date: 8/26/2017
Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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