Please refrain from taking an at-home vaginal microbiome test if you:
Are currently menstruating - Menstruation can alter the vaginal biome therefore for the most accurate representation, it is best to test 5-7 days before or after menstruation.
Used antibiotics in the past 48 hours - Antibiotics can destroy healthy flora and cause an inaccurate representation of your vaginal microbiome.
Had sexual intercourse in the past 24 hours. - Another person’s bodily fluids can alter your vaginal microbiota temporarily.
Applied vaginal lotions, topical creams, or emollients in the past 24 hours. - These can alter the bacteria in your vaginal microbiome.