Thoroughly wash your hands before starting. Undress from the waist down.
Partially peel open the swab package without touching the soft tip of the swab. IMPORTANT: If the soft tip is touched, the swab is laid down, or the swab is dropped, the accuracy of the result can be affected.
Remove the swab from the package carefully. Do not lay it down.
Hold the swab in the middle of the stick (shaft) with your thumb and forefinger.
Carefully insert the soft tip end of the swab into your vagina about 5 cm (2 inches) past the opening of the vagina. Gently rotate the swab for 10 to 30 seconds, making sure the swab touches the walls of the vagina so that moisture is absorbed by the swab.
Withdraw the swab without touching your skin.
While still holding the swab, carefully unscrew the cap from the test tube. Do not spill the content of the tube.
Immediately place the swab into the tube so that the soft tip of the swab is visible below the tube label.
Carefully break the swab shaft at the scoreline (dented line around middle of stick), being careful not to spill the liquid of the tube.
Close the tube. Make sure you screwed the cap tightly.
Discard the remaining part of the swab.