If you are experiencing unusual discharge, genital pain, redness, or inflammation, it is recommended that you get tested for bacterial infections. Our tests look for bacterial infections that are sexually transmitted, such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea, and trichomoniasis, as well as other infections such as thrush or BV (bacterial vaginosis). Bacterial infections are often at the root of various symptoms including:
- Penis or vaginal itching
- Abnormal discharge
- Smelly discharge
- Lower pelvic pain
- Urinary symptoms
Undiagnosed bacterial infections such as chlamydia can also cause a range of more serious issues and unfortunately, don’t show any symptoms until much more serious. So routine testing for bacterial infections whether or not you have symptoms can be very helpful.
When should I get tested?
You should get tested for bacterial infections if you are experiencing symptoms or for peace of mind / before starting a relationship. The doctor or nurse may recommend this test if you have other symptoms as well, such as redness, itching, pain, or inflammation of the genitals.
What the test includes?
The test is done using a urine sample and sometimes as a genital swab. The infections we can test for include candida (thrush), BV (bacterial vaginosis, an imbalance of the vaginal pH), trichomoniasis, gonorrhoea, chlamydia and other abnormal bacterial growth such as staphylococcus, streptococcus, ureaplasma & mycoplasma.