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Wont A Vaginal Swab Be Sufficient To Detect My Yeast Infection?

August 14, 2019

Hi there, Eric Bakker, naturopath, another
question here. Here’s a question from Susie in Tennessee. Would a vaginal swab be sufficient to detect
my yeast infection? That’s a good question, Susie, and one I get
asked every now and then from different patients. Women are often used to going to a doctor
for a vaginal swab to determine the presence of a yeast infection to make sure it’s a bacterial
infection or a yeast infection. I just want to know what kind of infection I’ve got. So
it’s important to remember, though, that a swab does not differentiate between a Candida
infection and a vaginal colony of normally occurring vaginal Candida. The cotton swab is sampling the surface of
the vaginal wall, and it won’t tell you if your immune system is actually involved or
if it’s been producing antibodies against the Candida itself. The test will only indicate
what’s going on locally and not systemically. Another problem with a vaginal sampling is
that if you’re using a pessary or been douching the area or it’s been sanitized to a degree,
then it might return a false reading; you may not get a positive response and that could
really throw you out and then you really won’t know what’s going on there. You didn’t think
about those points, did you? I’ll bet you didn’t. This catches quite a few people out,
so you need to be careful about interpreting Candida tests, including vaginal swabs. So the results could be negative; the results
could be positive, so how do you really know what’s going on there? Don’t make any false
assumptions there. And a vaginal swab doesn’t necessarily always determine the presence
of a yeast infection for that reason. You may want to think carefully about having that
douche or that pessary just prior to getting the vaginal sampling done. That’s a good point
there. So look at the totality of your symptoms as
well to see what other kind of problems do you have? Like fatigue, digestive problems,
gas, bloating, sugar cravings, these things could also alert you toward a yeast infection.
Be particularly careful there. I hope this answers your question. There are a lot more questions and a lot more
answers you’ll find on my YouTube channel, so be sure to have a look. And if the question
is not there, go to and ask me the question and I’ll be sure to reply.
And please subscribe to my Candida Crusher YouTube channel. And furthermore, if you really
want to know about the female yeast infection, do my online survey at
that will give you some good pointers as well. I hope that answers your question. Thank you.

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