Tests and diagnosis

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Diagnosis of vaginal dryness may involve:

  • Pelvic exam. Your doctor visually inspects your external genitalia, vagina and cervix and inserts gloved fingers into your vagina and rectum to feel (palpate) your pelvic organs for signs of disease.
  • Pap test. Your doctor collects a sample of cervical cells for microscopic examination. He or she may also take a sample of vaginal secretions to check for signs of vaginal inflammation (vaginitis) or to confirm vaginal changes related to estrogen deficiency.
  • Urine test. If you have associated urinary symptoms, you'll provide a urine sample to be analyzed for urinary conditions.
Dec. 21, 2012