How to collect a vaginal swab sample

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Collecting a vaginal sample for your Everlywell test kit is simple. Please do not collect specimen while menstruating. Do not pour preservative out of the tube. Wait 24 hours after intercourse.

Step 1: Open Swab Packet.

Step 2: Place Kit ID sticker on the Transport Tube. Do not cover the date of birth section (see image).

Step 3: Write in your date of birth on the Transport Tube as an identifier. If you do not include this information on your sample, it may be rejected by the lab.

Step 4: Write in the collection date on the Transport Tube.

Step 5: Collect swab sample following the instructions below.

Step 6: When finished, leave swab inside of Transport Tube and ensure cap is tightly secured.

Step 7: Insert Transport Tube in the biohazard bag with an absorbent pad and seal.


After placing the sample in the biohazard bag, put the sample back into the box. Send the box back in the return envelope using the shipping label provided (located at the bottom of the box) within 48 hours of collecting your sample. Send back your sample using the shipping carrier listed on your return label.