Vaginal health is dependent on maintaining balance within the vaginal microflora. If this balance is disrupted it can lead to a range of symptoms, but a vaginal fluid analysis test can help.
What Is A Vaginal Fluid Analysis (VFA) Test?
A vaginal fluid analysis (VFA) test is an advanced diagnostic tool that is used to analyze the constituents of the vaginal fluid, to determine if there is a normal or altered vaginal microflora pattern present. The VFA test was developed by Dr. R Stuart Fowler, board-certified gynecologist of Fowler GYN International (FGI).
The vaginal microflora usually contains a mixture of 30+ strains of bacteria, but the ‘good’ bacteria or lactobacilli generally dominate. Lactobacilli provide a level of defense against other microorganisms. However, if the healthy balance of bacteria is disrupted it can cause the ‘bad’ bacteria to multiply. This results in an altered vaginal microflora pattern.
The secretions from the altered microflora bathe the vaginal wall, irritates the tissues, and adversely impacts the health of the vaginal mucosa. This can lead to a variety of symptoms including odor, discharge, irritation, sense of urinary urgency and frequency, and itching.
The VFA test evaluates the concentration of squamous cells, lactobacilli and non-lactobacilli bacteria, yeast, and white blood cells in the vaginal secretions. This quantitative analysis of the vaginal microbes is needed to formulate a customized treatment plan to restore balance in the vaginal ecosystem.
The VFA test is done by collecting a specific amount of vaginal secretion and adding chemicals and stains to reveal certain features. The resultant fluid is injected into micro-girds and the slides viewed under a phase-contrast microscope to detect results.
f you would like to learn more about the vaginal fluid analysis test, contact Fowler GYN International, Phoenix, AZ, at fowlergyninternational.com, or by calling (480) 420-4001.