Test Overview
Test Methodology


Test Usage

Isolate and identify significant quantities of urogenital pathogens associated with vulvovaginitis, such as predominance of Group A Strep, S. aureus, Shigella or yeast.

Reference Range *

No predominant urogenital pathogens isolated.

* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.

Test Limitations

This culture is not meant for detection of Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Group B Strep or low quantities of yeast.

For Neisseria gonorrhoeae, DNA Amplification by PCR is the recommended test.

For Group B Strep screening, Streptococcus Group B Culture, Vaginal / Rectal is the recommended test.

For yeast screen only, “Yeast Culture, Urogenital” is the recommended test.

If only a gram stain for bacterial vaginosis is desired, request a “Gram Stain Only”.

Test Details
Days Set Up
Analytic Time

Preliminary results are reported in 18-24 hours. Negative results are reported after 2 days.

Soft Order Code
MiChart Code
Aerobic Culture, Urogenital
  • Urogenital Culture, Aerobic
  • Cervix, Routine Culture
  • Culture, Urogenital, Aerobic
  • Endocervix, Routine Culture
  • Endometrium, Routine Culture
  • Genital, Routine Culture
  • UGG
  • Urethra, Routine Culture
  • Vagina, Routine Culture
Specimen Requirements
Collection Instructions

Collect swab of vagina, cervix, discharge, endocervical aspirate, prostatic fluid, or urethral discharge. For optimum recovery, send specimen in transport tube immediately. For Neisseria gonorrhoeae, send appropriate swab for DNA Amplification by PCR. FEMALE PATIENTS: DO NOT use lubricant on speculum. Avoid contamination with normal flora from skin, rectum, vaginal tract, or other body surfaces. Remove cervical mucous before inserting swab into endocervical canal. Move swab from side to side allowing several seconds for absorption of organisms by the swab. Return swab to the transport tube. MALE PATIENTS: are not ordered as UGG, order as WDTSG.

Normal Volume
2 mL fluid, 1 swab in Eswab transport
Minimum Volume
0.5 mL fluid, 1 swab (ESwab)
Storage Temperature
Ambient: Up to 48 hrs in transport media
Refrigerated: No
Frozen: No
Rejection Criteria
Specimen not sent in transport media.
Specimen sent in M4 transport media
Additional Information

Test includes culture and Gram stain smear provided that sufficient specimen is received. For vaginal specimens from patients >12 years of age, the Gram stain will be reported with specific criteria for bacterial vaginosis (BV).

CPT Code
87070 Culture, 87205 Smear
Fee Code