Why It Can Be Hard to Get a Clear Candida Diagnosis, Part 2

how to test for candida overgrowth

If you saw my earlier post about why it’s hard to get a clear candida diagnosis, you know that not all “candida” is equal. However, even when a doctor does acknowledge candida overgrowth as a viable condition (excluding the very deadly or anti-fungal resistant strains such as candida auris), it’s not always clear whether tests are available or which tests to use.

One of the questions I get most often from readers and clients is whether there are any reliable tests for candida. Of course, if you think you have candida overgrowth, you definitely want to know for sure; after all, no one would voluntarily embark upon the anti-candida diet knowing just how restrictive it is.

Today, I talk about the most common tests for candida overgrowth, which ones I’ve personally had done, and what I think about them. I’ll also discuss what I think is the best way to determine whether you have candida overgrowth.

Of course, it’s worth stating again that I am not a doctor, this information is based on my personal experience and should in no way be taken as medical advice. Please only embark upon testing or treatment after consulting with your own physician or practitioner.


Question:  Have you been tested for candida? Did you find the results to be helpful? Why or why not? 


  • Types of lab tests and what each one detects
  • Reliability of tests
  • Tests I’ve taken and results
  • Living Candida-Free (my book, which contains a lengthy yeast assessment questionnaire)
  • What I learned from my test results, and which test I trust the most


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  1. Julie Shannon says

    Thank you so much for this comprehensive video Ricki. So great, and articulated simply.
    I am not in a position [financially] to have any detailed testing, so l’m pleased to hear your affirmation of the good
    old ‘spit test’.
    Can you tell me where l might find the candida questionnaire please?
    With appreciation and warmth

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