Endocervical culture is a laboratory test that helps identify infection in the female genital tract.
Vaginal culture; Female genital tract culture; Culture – cervix
How the Test is Performed
During a vaginal examination, the health care provider uses a swab to take samples of mucus and cells from the endocervix. This is the area around the opening of the uterus. The samples are sent to a lab. There, they are placed in a special dish (culture). They are then watched to see if bacteria, virus, or fungus grow. Further tests may be done to identify the specific organism and determine the best treatment.
How to Prepare for the Test
In the two days before the procedure:
- Do not use creams or other medicines in the vagina.
- Do not douche. (You should never douche. Douching can cause infections of the vagina or uterus.)
- Empty your bladder and bowel.
- At your health care provider’s office, follow instructions for preparing for the vaginal exam.
How the Test will Feel
You will feel some pressure from the speculum. This is an instrument inserted into the
Why the Test is Performed
The test may be done to determine the cause of
Organisms that are usually present in the vagina are there in the expected amounts.
What Abnormal Results Mean
Abnormal results indicate the presence of an infection in the genital tract or urinary tract in women, such as:
- Chronic swelling and itrritation of the urethera (
urethritis) Pelvic inflammatory disaese( PID)