Tests and diagnosis

By Mayo Clinic Staff

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Your doctor will likely perform a physical examination, including:

  • A pelvic exam. During this exam, your doctor manually checks your pelvic organs for areas of swelling and tenderness. He or she also may place a speculum in your vagina to expose the upper part of the vagina and the cervix for visual examination.
  • A specimen collection. In a process similar to a Pap test, your doctor uses a small cotton swab or a brush to gently remove a sample of cervical and vaginal fluid. The procedure generally takes only a few minutes. Your doctor sends the sample to a laboratory to test for infections. Lab tests also may be performed on a urine sample.
Nov. 22, 2011