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How is a vaginal yeast infection diagnosed?

Your doctor will do a pelvic exam to look for swelling and discharge. Your doctor may also use a swab to take a fluid sample from your vagina. A quick look with a microscope or a lab test will show if yeast is causing the problem.

This answer is based on source information from the National Women's Health Information Center.

Kevin W. Windom, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
A vaginal yeast infection is usually diagnosed by the patient when she notices a thick, cottage cheese discharge and significant itching.  Most yeast infections are treated with over-the-counter medications, and the patient never seeks medical attention.  When the patient seeks medical attention and I examine the patient, I look for the same signs and symptoms.  If the scenario is somewhat confusing, then vaginal cultures are necessary to help diagnose this problem.
IIt isn't very difficult to diagnose a vaginal yeast infection. A doctor can diagnose a vaginal yeast infection with just a microscope or a simple lab test.

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