On VeeBabes we talk a lot about the importance of your vaginal microbiome. It’s a huge part of your vaginal and overall physical health. The problem is, until now, there hasn’t been a great way to find out what’s really going on down there. Being able to test your vaginal microbiome was kind of a mystery.
The good news is those days are behind us. You are now able to test your vaginal microbiome in the comfort of your own home. How great is that? It’s a huge game changer in how women will be able to care for their health. You’ll even be able to better advocate for yourself while at the gyno. This is all great news.
The product we’re talking about is called the Evvy Vaginal Health Check. It’s a test kit that’s easy to use and gives you answers you can take to hear to make healthy changse in your life. So let’s talk about what the Evvy kit is, how to use it, and what to do about the results. You’ve got questions and we have answers. Let’s get going.
What Is Evvy Vaginal Microbiome Home Test Kit?
The Evvy microbiome test kit is a set of four test kits sent over the course of a year. You’ll get one test kit every three months. They are simple to use and easy to send back for evaluation. All you have to do is swab your vagina and place the bottom part of the swab in the provided lab tube.
The coolest part is that it’s all sent to an app on your phone so you don’t have to wait for any results by mail. The entire process is very smooth and streamlined. This means your anxiety will be minimized and you’ll be able to see your results easily. No overly complicated medical lingo here.
The reason you’ll test once every three months is to see how your vaginal microbiome changes over the course of the year. This gives you a clearer picture of what’s really going on with your vagina.
Who Invented The Evvy Vaginal Microbiome Home Test Kit?
A team of female scientists and doctors (with the help of 2 males) developed the test kit because they wanted to make sure their patients had a way to check what was going on with their vagina on their own at home. Not all patients can afford a yearly visit and this was another way to make sure things are going okay down there.
It won’t replace a normal vaginal exam but it is a good way to monitor yourself throughout the year and even handle small problems before they become big problems. Because the team is mostly comprised of women, they knew to design the product with both comfort and accuracy in mind. It really doesn’t get any better than that.
How Do I Use The Evvy Test Kit?
You’ll use the enclosed swab to gently rub the inside of your vagina. It shouldn’t hurt at all and is very easy to use. After you swab your vagina you’ll place the bottom part of the swab in a test tube to be sent back to Evvy. It really is just as simple as that.
After you’ve placed the swab in the test tube you’ll send it back to Evvy for evaluation. The Evvy team is made up of doctors and scientists (most of them women) who will evaluate your sample. From there they’ll look at things like what microbes are present and which bacteria might be missing or overgrown.
You’ll be able to use those results to either reassure yourself that your vagina is healthy, or take the results with you to talk to your doctor. The Evvy kit gives you more than just number values. They also give you actionable results which help you decide the next steps based on your own personalized results.
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Why Should I Test My Vaginal Microbiome?
Everyone has different reasons. While some women may just want to be informed about what’s going on with their vagina, others might be having issues and want answers. It’s all up to you. And remember, you don’t have to do this. The Evvy test kit isn’t required for your wellbeing. It’s just another tool in your arsenal of taking care of your vaginal health.
What Do I Do If I Get Results That Aren’t Normal?
The first thing you’ll want to do is give your doctor a call. Let them know what your concerns are and go from there. They may be able to give advice over the phone depending on what the problem is. Something like a confirmed yeast infection may not need a full office visit to get the treatment you need.
Another option is to use VeeFresh products like the VeeReady Total Fem Care option. It comes with every product you need to freshen up down there. This includes boric acid which can help clear up issues like BV or even a yeast infection. Just remember that if this is your first time getting a yeast infection you’ll still want to talk to your doctor.
Yeast infections can often be mistaken for other things so making sure that’s really what is going on is imperative to your vaginal health and your overall well being.
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Having a way to test your vaginal microbiome at home is a huge game changer. This is especially true for those women who fear going to the doctor. It won’t eliminate the need to have a doctor examine your lady bits, but it will give you confidence that you need when going into an appointment.
You’ll have your results on your app which you can bring up during your appointment. You’ll be able to talk about what’s worrying you with actual science to back you up. Remember, the more confident you are the more likely it is that your doctor will take you seriously. And that’s worth its weight in gold.
Sarah Nelson is a nurse with 15 years of experience working with a variety of patients. She has a Masters of Science in Nursing and has spent a large portion of her career working exclusively with women in an OB/GYN setting.
Nursing is a passion for Sarah but she also enjoys writing and sharing her expertise online with people who need helpful information. Treating patients well and helping them learn more about their own bodies is a key essential to a healthy lifestyle that Sarah truly believes in.