A common cause of preterm labor is from vaginal infections. Some of these infections have no symptoms, so you may not know you have an infection. Eliminating vaginal infections prior to conception is as important as taking folic acid or giving up habits like drinking. The e.p.t™ Preconception Health Test helps you easily assess your vaginal health prior to conceiving, is as accurate as a doctor’s test, and is clinically proven to be effective. This test includes two swabs to detect an elevated pH level, which can indicate that you have an infection. The easy-to-use swabs will turn green or blue if your vaginal pH level is abnormal.
If you have a vaginal infection, visit your doctor for treatment prior to trying to get pregnant.
Stey By Step Instructions
Step One: Before You Begin
- To avoid contamination, only remove test swab from foil package when you are ready to take the test.
- Wash and dry your hands.
- Unwrap the individual test swab. If the swab is damaged or the tip is stained, dispose of the test and use a new one.
Step Two: How to Hold
- Make sure the swab tip does not contact anything before insertion into the vaginal entrance.
- Hold the test swab with your fingers on the round handle.
Step Three: Take the Test
- Separate the vaginal outer layer skin so the vagina is exposed.
- Insert the yellow tip of the swab until your fingers reach the outer skin of the vagina (approximately 5 cm or 2 inches into the mid vagina).
- Rotate the swab several times.
- Do not touch the vaginal entrance.
- Withdraw the swab from your vagina. Carefully avoid having the tip make contact with anything, and check that it has collected a visible amount of secretion.
Step Four: See Your Results
- Wait 10 seconds. Check the tip of the swab for color changes from yellow to blue or green. Note: If any bloodstain appears on the swab, disregard the results.
- Dispose of the swab after usage as you would any other feminine hygiene product.
- Always be sure to wash your hands after you finish handling the e.p.t™ Preconception Health Test.
- For in-vitro diagnostic use only. Not for internal use. Use as directed.
How to Read your Test
Wait 10 seconds. Check the tip of the swab for color changes from yellow to blue or green.
The Results: Blue or Green
If the tip is stained (including partially stained) blue or green, your vaginal acidity (pH) is abnormal and you may have a vaginal infection. You should see your healthcare provider for further testing and treatment. Do not self-treat.
Important: If you are pregnant and the tip is stained blue or green, the color may indicate an amniotic fluid leak. It is important to consult your healthcare provider as soon as possible.
The Results: Abnormal Vaginal Acidity(pH)
If the tip is stained (including partially stained) blue or green, your vaginal acidity is abnormal, and you may have a vaginal infection. You should see your healthcare provider for further testing and treatment
The Results: Normal Vaginal Acidity(pH)
If the tip did not change color, your vaginal acidity is normal. However, if you are experiencing symptoms of an infection (i.e., abnormal discharge, itching, irritation or burning) you may have a yeast infection.