Normal pH detected
If the entire tip remains yellow, your vaginal pH is normal. You may have a vaginal infection like thrush if you are experiencing thrush symptoms. Speak to your pharmacist for advice
Elevated pH detected
If any part of the tip is stained blue/green, your vaginal pH is elevated. See your doctor for advice.
Canesten Vaginal pH Self Test for Common Vaginal Infections like thrush
If you are unsure if you have thrush or something else, we’ll help you to take control. Canesten® Vaginal pH Self Test is a self-diagnosis test to assist women who are experiencing unusual vaginal symptoms and want help to diagnose common infections like thrush. It is an innovative self test to help you quickly determine in the privacy of your home, if you may be suffering from common vaginal infections, such as thrush, thereby enabling you to request the right treatment or consult with the doctor if needed.
Canesten Vaginal pH Self Test:
Is it Thrush or Something Else?
What is Canesten Vaginal pH Self Test?
How does Canesten pH Self Test work?
Your vagina normally has an acidic pH level – this keeps the good and bad bacteria that live in your healthy vagina in check. Any changes to your vaginal pH balance can cause and can also be an indication of an infection. Canesten Vaginal pH Self Test tells you if you have a relevant pH shift in your vagina. By understanding your pH, as well as your symptoms Canesten Vaginal pH Self Test can help you to understand and help to diagnose the type of vaginal condition such as thrush that you may be suffering from.
How do you use Canesten Vaginal pH Self Test?
Ensure you are in a position that is comfortable to insert Canesten® Vaginal pH Self Test swab. An easy and convenient position is with one foot on the toilet seat.
Unwrap the Canesten Vaginal pH Self Test swab (make sure the swab tip does not come into contact with anything before you insert it into your vagina)
Hold the Canesten Vaginal pH Self Test swab by the handle and carefully insert the yellow tip of the swab into your vagina, rotate the swab several times and then remove. Refer to the product leaflet for further details on how to use the swab before using this product.
After 10 seconds check the tip of the Canesten Vaginal pH Self Test swab to see if the colour has stayed the same or changed to Green/Blue.
How do you interpret the results?
If your Canesten Vaginal pH Self Test swab didn’t change colour after 10 seconds, and you have symptoms such as (white) thick, cottage cheese like discharge, none or a non-offensive odour, intense vaginal (or vulvar) itching or burning and no painful urination then it means that you may be suffering from thrush.
If the results indicate thrush you may consider using a Canesten® Thrush Treatment product. Canesten offers a range of convenient thrush treatments that are available over the counter at your local pharmacy. Simply show or discuss the results of this test and request a Canesten treatment from your pharmacists to treat the condition. Click here to learn about thrush treatments.
If the tip of the swab did not change colour after 10 seconds and you do not have the symptoms of vaginal thrush indicated in the symptoms table, then it is likely that you are not suffering from a common vaginal infection.
If your Canesten Vaginal pH Self Test swab changed colour to Green/Blue, and you are suffering from symptoms such as a thin milky, white or grey discharge, fishy or unpleasant odour, intermittent vaginal (or vulvar) itching and burning and no painful urination then show or discuss the results of this test with your doctor.
If Canesten Vaginal pH Self Test swab changed colour and the tip becomes Green/Blue and you are experiencing symptoms such as bubbly, yellow-green sticky discharge, musty or unpleasant odour, intense vaginal (or vulvar) itching or burning and painful urination then you will need to show or discuss the results of this test with your doctor.
Completed the Canesten Vaginal pH Self test? Have your results sent to you.
If you have completed the Canesten Vaginal pH Self Test and would like the results sent to you then complete the Canesten Vaginal pH Self Test result form. Simply input the results of the swab colour after the test and record the symptoms you are experiencing at the time of the test. The result and treatment guide will be sent automatically to your email address helping you to then show these to your pharmacist or doctor for treatment advice. Click here to complete the Canesten self test result form!
Canesten Vaginal pH Self Test is available on shelf in your pharmacy’s intimate hygiene section.
Precautions and considerations
If you're unsure about the right treatment or confused about the result, please consult your healthcare professional such as a pharmacist or doctor. Remember, Canesten Vaginal pH Self Test won’t be able to give you an accurate result in any of these situations:
- It’s less than one day before or after your period
- There are signs that your period has arrived or you have any signs of vaginal bleeding
- It’s been less than 12 hours since you’ve had sexual intercourse or used a vaginal douche
If you are pregnant, consult your doctor, as interpreting test results during pregnancy and choosing a medication requires professional knowledge.
Some menopausal women may have an elevated vaginal pH, and may therefore receive a green/blue result with the swab even though they are not suffering from a vaginal infection. As such, you should not use this test if you are menopausal.
1 Reference: Nyirjesy, Paul, et al. "The performance of an innovative self-sampling test for vaginitis-Selfcare Journal”. SelfCare 2017;8(3):1-11. Study funded by Common Sense, Caesarea, Israel.