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Gardnerella Vaginalis Urine Test
Gardnerella Vaginalis Urine Test

Gardnerella Vaginalis Urine Test

A urine test to detect Gardnerella vaginalis - a bacteria closely associated with bacterial vaginosis.
Urine sample 1 biomarker included 7 working days turnaround
from sample receipt at lab

What's included?

Biomarker profile

  • Infection

Infection (1 Biomarker)

Gardnerella vaginalis is one type of bacteria that is involved, along with others, in bacterial vaginosis (BV) - a very common infection caused by an overgrowth of certain bacteria in the vagina.

Bacterial vaginosis is a common condition that is characterised by a thin or watery white or grey vaginal discharge, a strong fish-like smell, especially after sex, and burning, itching or irritation in the vagina. However, up to half of women with BV have no symptoms at all.

The causes of bacterial vaginosis and how it is passed on are not properly understood, although it mostly affects women who are sexually active and can be passed from a woman to another woman during sex.

You are more likely to get other STIs if you have BV which increases the likelihood of potentially serious conditions such as pelvic inflammatory disease. If you are pregnant and have BV your risk of giving birth prematurely is raised.

This urine test detects the bacteria Gardnerella vaginalis, which helps support a diagnosis of BV in women with symptoms. It may also detect the presence of bacteria in women without any symptoms and will sometimes detect nothing in cases of BV caused by overgrowth of other types of bacteria. The results of this test should be shown to a sexual health specialist for interpretation together with any symptoms.

Bacterial vaginosis is usually treated with antibiotics. Male sexual partners of infected women generally don't need to be treated, although same-sex partners should seek treatment. It is common for BV to recur within 3 months, requiring further treatment.

Dr Sam Rodgers MBBS, MRCGP

How it works

  • Take the test

    Collect your sample at home, visit a partner clinic, or we can even send a nurse to you.
  • Post your sample

    Send your sample back on the same day you take it in the freepost pack to our laboratory.
  • Get your results

    View your results with doctor's advice on your personal dashboard.
Laboratories you can trust

Laboratories you can trust

Trusted by the NHS and private clinics alike, you can be sure of the highest testing standards from our fully accredited partner laboratories.

Expert interpretation <br>
of your results

Expert interpretation
of your results

One of our team of doctors will review your results and give you personalised advice based on your medical history, lifestyle and health and fitness goals.

Your personal<br>
health centre

Your personal
health centre

Discover the easy way to track your health through our online portal, View your results with doctor's advice, monitor any changes over time and see the improvements you can make to your health with simple lifestyle changes.

Questions? Let us help

Questions? Let us help

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Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.