Vaginal Yeast Infections
Exams and Tests
Your doctor may be able to diagnose your vaginal symptoms based on your medical history and a Reference vaginal exam Opens New Window.
If your vaginal symptoms are not typical of a vaginal yeast infection, your doctor can look for signs of yeast or other organisms using a Reference wet mount test of vaginal discharge.
You may have other tests if you have vaginal yeast infections that are severe or that keep coming back (recur), such as:
- A vaginal Reference culture Opens New Window. This test can confirm that you have a yeast infection. A sample of vaginal discharge can be taken during a wet mount test. If more than the normal amount of yeast grows in the sample over a short period of time (a few days), then your symptoms are likely caused by a yeast infection.
- A blood test to find out if you may have Reference diabetes Opens New Window or another health problem that makes you more likely to get yeast infections.
Although a yeast infection can be detected during a routine Reference Pap test Opens New Window, this type of test is not typically done to diagnose vaginal infections.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference November 5, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Deborah A. Penava, BA, MD, FRCSC, MPH - Obstetrics and Gynecology