There is very little risk of serious complications from having a sample of fluid collected from the cervix, urethra, anus, eye, or throat. Women may have a small amount of bleeding from the vagina if a sample is collected from the cervix.
In rare cases, a person may experience a sudden dizziness or fainting (called vasovagal syncope) because of fear or pain when the swab is inserted into the urethra.
There are no risks linked with collecting a urine sample.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference April 15, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Peter Shalit, MD, PhD - Internal Medicine