AV has several typical symptoms that you can identify yourself.
- Odor. It is not like BV with a fishy odor that smells like rotten fish. But there is an unpleasant odor that you know it is an infection. You can insert a cotton swab into the vagina and let it wet and smell it. If it smells bad, you may still have AV, but if it has no unpleasant odor, your AV may be cleared.
- Increased discharge with white, yellow, or grayish color. If your discharge reduces, your AV may be cleared.
- Increased pH to above 4.5 if you are premenopausal or above 5.3 if you are postmenopausal . You can purchase a roll of pH paper from Amazon. The normal range of vaginal pH is between 3.5 and 4.5 for premenopausal or between 4.5 and 5.3 for postmenopausal women (What is the normal range of vaginal pH?). You can insert a cotton swab to let it wet. Then touch it with the pH paper. After the pH paper changes color, you can compare it with the pH color templates on the box. If the pH reading is at or below 4.5 or 5.3, your AV is cleared.
Sep 21, 2022