How is cervicitis diagnosed?

If you have any of the above symptoms, or if you have engaged in high-risk sexual practices, you should see your doctor for a full pelvic exam. At this exam, the doctor may perform tests including a Pap smear. In this test, a swab is used to collect cells from the cervix and uterus to look for abnormalities.

The doctor will also take a sample of any vaginal discharge to test for bacteria, such as bacterial vaginosis under a microscope. Tests for the sexually transmitted diseases gonorrhea and chlamydia will also be done.

Your doctor will also perform a full manual pelvic exam, looking for:

  • Any redness on the cervix
  • Discharge
  • Blood on the vagina or cervix
  • Inflammation of the vaginal walls

You will lay down on an examination table with your feet in stirrups for these tests.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 04/09/2014.


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