Canestest - Self Test Kit for Vaginal Infections

  • Tests for Bacterial Vaginosis and Thrush
  • Gives instant results
  • Self test easy to use kit
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What is Canestest?

Canestest is a self-test for vaginal infections such as bacterial vaginosis (BV) and thrush.

Canestest self-test is easy to use and means that you can diagnose your problem quickly and discreetly. Using this product will ensure that you get the right treatment for the right condition, which is vital for maintaining vaginal health.

You can buy Canestest from Medicine Direct's online pharmacy after an online consultation with one of our registered doctors. Place your order with us by 2pm and will receive free next day delivery.

Whether you are suffering from thrush or bacterial vaginosis, Medicine Direct also stocks effective treatments for both of these conditions. So, once you have diagnosed the problem, you can speak to one of our doctors for an appropriate medicine.

What is Canestest used for?

Canestest self-test is used as a test for vaginal infections, such as bacterial vaginosis and thrush.

Infections like bacterial vaginosis (BV) or thrush are very unpleasant and uncomfortable. Often, these problems can interfere with your daily life, and the symptoms of these two common vaginal infections are very similar, which means you are often unsure as to which problem you have.

These problems are particularly hard to distinguish between if you have never had either of them before. The symptoms can be unpleasant and worrying for women who are suffering with bacterial vaginosis or thrush for the first time.

Natural treatments for BV and thrush symptoms

If you find that you are suffering from thrush or bacterial vaginosis, it is best to use a medical treatment that has been proven to improve it. Medicine Direct stocks various medications to help clear these infections swiftly and effectively.

How does Canestest work?

By using Canestest self-test kit, you can swiftly and easily diagnose common vaginal infections and seek the most appropriate treatment as soon as possible.

Canestest identifies whether the pH levels in your vagina are unusually high. The user can then interpret this reading alongside the symptoms chart on the product's packet. By getting a reading of your vagina's pH level and keeping an eye on your symptoms, you will be able to work out what you are suffering from and what you need to do to resolve the problem, ensuring you are prescribed the right treatment.

Thrush & bacterial vaginosis: what’s the difference?

Thrush and bacterial vaginosis are both common vaginal infections. While they require different forms of treatment and are very different conditions, they often exhibit similar symptoms. For this reason, it can be difficult for women to identify which condition they have, particularly if they have never suffered with either before.

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a bacterial infection that can cause a fishy smell and watery discharge that is a grey colour. On the other hand, thrush is the result of an overgrowth of yeast in the vagina, which causes soreness and itchiness. It is also common to have white discharge. It is important that you identify which condition you have to ensure you use an appropriate treatment; Canestest allows you to self-test for vaginal infections, so you can determine for sure which problem you have.

Once you have ascertained which condition you have, you can seek appropriate medical attention.

Who is Canestest suitable for?

This product is suitable for women who fear they may have common vaginal infections, such as thrush or bacterial vaginosis (BV).

The following may affect the accuracy of your results:

  • If you are going through the menopause
  • If you are pregnant
  • If you take the test within 24 hours before or after you period
  • If you take the test less than 12 hours after vaginal douching or having sexual intercourse

Always read the information that comes with the test kit for full details.

Where to buy Canestest

You do not need a prescription for Canestest, so it can be bought over the counter from your local chemist.

You can order this product from Medicine Direct today. We offer fast and free UK delivery, and if you place your order by 2pm, we can have your product with you the very next day.

Once you have determined which condition you are suffering from, you will be able to make sure you receive the right treatment for the problem.

Medicine Direct also stocks various medicines for both BV and thrush. So, once you have had your problem diagnosed, fill out one of our simple online consultation forms. This will be reviewed by one of our fully qualified and registered doctors or pharmacists, who will be able to advise on the right treatment for you to use.

Order safely

While you do not need a prescription to order Canestest online, you should only order it online from a registered pharmacy, like Medicine Direct.

We are fully regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), meaning we can guarantee a genuine and safe version of this test kit. This ensures that your results are as accurate as possible, so you can receive the most appropriate treatment for your condition.

Once you have determined which condition you are suffering with, you can order an appropriate treatment from our online pharmacy following an online consultation with one of our doctors or pharmacists.

Each of our doctors and pharmacists are registered with both the General Medical Council (GMC) and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), meaning they are fully qualified to advise on the conditions you are suffering from.

Direction and How to use Canestest

Canestest is very easy to use and should cause you no more discomfort than using a tampon would.

Do not use this product within 24 hours of having your period.

To ensure accurate results, leave at least 12 hours between using this test and vaginal douching or sexual intercourse.

How to use Canestest self-test

  1. Unwrap the swab. Do not let it come into contact with any other object before you insert it.
  2. Hold the swab by the handle and insert the yellow tip into your vagina. Rotate and remove the swab.
  3. After 10 seconds, check to see if the tip of the swab has changed colour.

What do my results mean and what treatment is available?

  • If there is no colour change after 10 seconds, you may have thrush. Check the symptoms table, which can be found on the pack.
  • If the swab changes to a blue or green colour, you may be suffering from bacterial vaginosis. Check the symptoms table on the pack.
  • If the swab changes to a yellow-green colour, you may be suffering from trichomoniasis. This condition normally includes symptoms like a bad smell, frothy discharge and pain while urinating. You should speak to your doctor if you think you may have trichomoniasis. If they suspect you have this condition, you may need to have a screening test.

Medicine Direct stocks a range of treatment for common vaginal infections like thrush and bacterial vaginosis.

If your results show that you are suffering from a vaginal infection, you can receive treatment swiftly and discreetly at Medicine Direct. Just complete an online consultation and one of our registered doctors will prescribe an appropriate medication for you to use.


Store this product out of the sight and reach of children.

What causes thrush?

Thrush is a yeast infection that can affect both men and women. It is caused by fungus that is already present in your body. For women, it is most likely to develop when the conditions in the vagina alter, such as taking antibiotics or certain hormonal shifts. Having a weakened immune system can also cause thrush. There are various steps you can take to avoid getting thrush, such as not using latex condoms, perfumed soaps and douches, wearing loose underwear that is made from breathable fabric. If you suffer from thrush, there are also many different treatments you can use to get rid of the infection. Medicine Direct stocks a variety of medications for this problem.

What causes BV?

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is caused by an excess of natural vaginal bacteria. This conditions is inflammation of the vagina. Pre-menopausal women are more likely to suffer with this problem, particularly as a result of having multiple sexual partners, douching or not having enough good lactobacilli bacteria. Not douching and practicing safe sex are ways a woman can lessen vaginal aggravation. In turn, this can lessen her chances of suffering from bacterial vaginosis (BV). You can treat BV with medication, which is available to purchase at Medicine Direct after an online consultation with one of our registered health professionals

Can you get Canestest on prescription?

You do not need a prescription to purchase Canestest. This self-test for vaginal infections can be bough over the counter or online. Order Canestest from Medicine Direct by 2pm and you will receive your test the very next day.

Does Canestest work?

Studies have shown a 90% accuracy in Canestest's ability to determine the vaginal pH balance associated with thrush and BV. The product is easy to use, but must be used correctly to ensure accurate results.

Does Canestest test for chlamydia?

No, this is a self-test to diagnose common vaginal infections like BV and thrush; Canestest does not work as a diagnosis method for chlamydia. If you think you may have chlamydia, you should speak to a sexual health nurse or your doctor, who will arrange for you to have the appropriate test.

How accurate is Canestest?

This self-test for vaginal infections has a 90% accuracy rate at determining the vagina's pH balance.

What does Canestest test for?

Canestest is an easy to use test to help women diagnose common vaginal infections, and decipher between whether they may be suffering from BV or thrush. This will make sure you are able to pursue the right treatment for your problem. Aside from these two common infections, the product can also be used to diagnose the common sexually transmitted infection (STI) trichomoniasis. If you are diagnosed with thrush or BV, you can purchase treatments for these conditions from Medicine Direct after an online consultation with one of our registered doctors. The doctor will review your symptoms and prescribe the most appropriate medication for you to take. All of our doctors and pharmacists are fully registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), meaning they are fully qualified to prescribe medicine, just like your local GP.

Side Effects

This product does not produce any side effects.

If you use it and the results are confusing in any way, please speak to a doctor or pharmacist before you start any form of treatment.

Canestest is a sterile product. If the swab is stained or damaged when you open the packet, do not use it.

Warnings and drug interactions

This kit should not interact with any medicines you are currently taking, including prescription and non-prescription medication, herbal remedies, vitamins or supplements.

If you are diagnosed with BV, thrush or trichomoniasis, it is very important that you speak to a medical professional, such as a doctor or pharmacist, before you select a course of treatment.

Please bear in mind that the accuracy of your results may be affected if any of the following apply to you:

  • You are going through the menopause
  • You are using Canestest within 24 hours of beginning or ending your period
  • You are pregnant
  • You are using Canestest less than 12 hours since vaginal douching or having sexual intercourse


Canestest self-test kit contains one swab, which is designed for swift and easy interpretation of your symptoms.

The kit has provided 90% accuracy across all cases and can show the results within 10 seconds of being used.

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