Do not use lubricant on speculum. Cervical mucus should be removed before collecting endocervical specimens. Move the swab from side to side at the site allowing several seconds for absorption of organisms by the swab. Return the swab to the transport tube. A single swab may be used to collect and submit genital/rectal specimens. The genital specimen should be obtained first.
Vaginal, cervical, rectal, or other gynecological specimen. Vaginal/rectal swab is the optimal specimen for screening pregnant women at 35 - 37 weeks of gestation, results may be compromised if only a vaginal swab is submitted.