Dealing with vaginal infections can make you feel less confident and less in control of your body, not to mention very uncomfortable. Canestest allows you to independently diagnose yourself in the comfort of your home, quickly giving you reliable results. It’s an innovative solution that will put you back in control of your intimate health and give you the help to find the right treatment you need to effectively deal with your infection.
Thrush vs. Bacterial Vaginosis
While both thrush and bacterial vaginosis (BV) are very common, they’re two different types of infections and you need to treat them differently. Thrush is caused by an overgrowth of the yeast Candida albicans which leads to symptoms such as itching, soreness or a white discharge. BV is caused by an overgrowth of bacteria regularly found in your vagina. BV symptoms include a fishy odour and a greyish-white, watery discharge. With Canestest, you can test before you treat so you know you’re using the right treatment for your infection.
What is Canestest?
If you're unsure if you have bacterial vaginosis or thrush, we'll help you to take control. We've developed an innovative and reliable self-test to help you quickly determine which common vaginal infection (bacterial vaginosis or thrush) you could be suffering from and enable you to treat it quickly and effectively.
Canestest links vaginal pH and symptoms to a probable condition: first, the easy-to-use swab helps you to find out whether or not your vaginal pH level is abnormally increased. Then, this result should be interpreted in conjunction with the symptoms table on the pack, helping you to find the right treatment.
How do you use Canestest?
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
How to interpret the test results
If your Canestest swab didn’t change colour after 10 seconds, it means that you may be suffering from thrush. If you have symptoms such as an itchy or sore vagina, or thick, white discharge, it’s likely that this is the case. Click here to learn how to treat thrush.
If your Canestest swab changed colour and the tip becomes blue or green, it means that you may have a BV infection. BV infections are usually accompanied by symptoms such as a thin, grey discharge and an unpleasant fishy smell. Click here to learn how to treat BV.
Precautions and considerations
Do not take any decision of medical relevance without first consulting your medical practitioner. Your doctor can advise what treatment is right for you, if you're confused by the result or unsure about the right treatment. Remember, Canestest won’t be able to give you an accurate diagnosis 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 physician, 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 thought they are not suffering from Bacterial Vaginosis or Trichomoniasis. As such, you should not use this test if you are menopausal.