The use of sequential self-obtained vaginal smears for detecting changes in the vaginal flora.

@article{Schwebke1997TheUO,
  title={The use of sequential self-obtained vaginal smears for detecting changes in the vaginal flora.},
  author={Jane R. Schwebke and Scott C. Morgan and Heidi L. Weiss},
  journal={Sexually transmitted diseases},
  year={1997},
  volume={24 4},
  pages={236-9}
}
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES The ability to study daily changes in the vaginal flora may provide insight into the pathogenesis of bacterial vaginosis. Because culture of the vaginal fluid is tedious and expensive, the utility of self-obtained vaginal smears for documenting changes in the flora was evaluated. GOALS To validate the adequacy of self-collected vaginal fluid Gram stains and use them to monitor vaginal flora. STUDY DESIGN Ten asymptomatic premenopausal women collected daily vaginal… CONTINUE READING