Physical examination – The doctor will take a thorough look at the affected site based on your symptoms. Aside from this, they may look for redness, inflammation, and tenderness of the cervix and uterus.
Investigation of medical history – The doctor is likely to inquire about your lifestyle. For instance, the number of sexual partners, sexual practices, etc. They may also ask about your personal medical history of vaginal infections.
The doctor will also take a close look at the medications that you may be taking now or had been taking in the recent past.
Make sure to carry all your medical documents that record the history of your personal medical conditions and drug intake. You will have to make your doctor aware of other medications like non-prescription or OTC (over-the-counter) medications, herbals, vitamins, and supplements that you may be taking presently or may have taken recently.
This is essential for the doctor to evaluate whether your symptoms may be due to drug interactions.
Medical tests: Below are the diagnostic tests that you may be advised:
- A pelvic exam: This test examines the cervix, ovaries, and vagina for the prevalence of infections like inflammation, redness, tenderness, etc. A doctor may insert a speculum into the vagina to check its walls.
- Pap test: A clean cotton wool is used to remove a small part of the cervical or vaginal fluid as a sample for microscopic analysis. The sample is checked for the presence of infections. A urine sample may also be taken for diagnosis.