What is Canesten Self-Test For Vaginal Infections?
Also known as Canestest, this testing kit from Canesten is a self-testing kit that is used to test for infections such as thrush or bacterial vaginosis (BV).
How does Canestest work?
This Canesten self-test kit works by testing the pH level in the vagina. Naturally, the vagina has an acidic pH level. This allows for the bacteria, good and bad, to be kept in check. If the pH level is higher than normal, then it is likely that you have BV. If it is a normal acidic level, then you most probably have thrush if you are experiencing any discomfort. Canestest has a 90% accuracy rate.
How do I use Canestest?
Using the Canestest self-test kit is as simple as using a tampon. To get the best results, make sure that you do not use it one day before or after your period. You should not use the self-test kit for 12 hours after sex or washing.
To use this Canesten Self-Test kit:
- Unwrap the swab, and ensure it does not touch anything.
- Insert the yellow tip into your vagina and leave it in for 10 seconds before removing it.
- Check the colour of the tip to see if it has stayed yellow or changed to blue or green.
If you are menopausal, then the results could be changed as menopause can change the vagina’s pH level. Therefore, do not use Canestest if you are menopausal.
Can I use this Canesten Self-Test kit if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, then you should consult your physician or doctor before using as the results could be affected or changed as a result.
What do I do after I have my results?
If the swab has stayed yellow but you are experiencing problems, then you likely have thrush and need to treat it, either by going to your doctor or trying over-the-counter products.
If the swab has turned blue or green, then you may have an infection such as BV. You should consult your doctor or pharmacist for advice on treatment.
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I did a self test yesterday, I don't know if because I was bleeding a little bit it came back green, then this morning I look at the test and it gone back to yellow, I'm have some trouble and my body is just on balance, so this normal?
It’s easy and straightforward to use Canestest at home, in fact it’s similar to inserting a tampon and it shouldn’t cause you any discomfort. To get the most accurate results you need to make sure you don’t use Canestest less than one day before or after your period or if you have any signs of your period or vaginal bleeding. You also need to allow 12 hours after having sexual intercourse or vaginal douching.
- Unwrap the Canestest swab and make sure the swab tip does not come into contact with anything before you insert it into your vagina
- Hold the Canestest swab by the handle and insert the yellow tip into your vagina, rotate the swab and then remove
- After 10 seconds check the tip of the Canestest swab to see if the colour has stayed the same or changed to blue / green
I used a thrush pessary yesterday, but now I am unsure if I actually have BV, how long do I have to wait to test because of using the pessary, or will this not effect the results? thanks
If you wait 48 hours after using the pessary then the test is unlikely to be affected. To get the best results, make sure that you do not use it one day before or after your period. You should not use the self-test kit for 12 hours after sex or washing.
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