Home Test for Urinary Tract Infections
How It Is Done
Do not urinate for at least 4 hours
before testing. A first morning urine sample (that has collected in the bladder
overnight) provides the most accurate test results.
Test the urine
within 15 minutes of collecting the urine sample, or place the dipstick in the
urine stream as you are urinating.
Use a clean-catch midstream
urine sample for testing:
- Wash your hands to make sure they are clean
before collecting the urine.
- If the collection container has a lid,
remove it carefully and set it down with the inner surface up. Avoid touching
the inside of the container with your fingers.
- Clean the area
around your genitals.
- A man should retract the foreskin, if
present, and clean the head of his penis thoroughly with medicated towelettes,
wipes, or swabs.
- A woman should spread open the folds of skin
around her vagina with one hand, then use her other hand to clean the area
around her vagina and urethra thoroughly with medicated towelettes or swabs.
She should wipe the area from front to back to avoid contaminating the urethra
with bacteria from the anus.
- Begin urinating into the toilet or urinal. A
woman should continue to hold apart the folds of skin around the vagina while
- After the urine has flowed for several seconds, place
the collection container into the stream and collect 45 mL (3 Tbsp) to
60 mL (4 Tbsp) of this
"midstream" urine without interrupting the flow.
- Avoid touching the
rim of the container to your genital area, and avoid getting toilet paper,
pubic hair, stool (feces), menstrual blood, or other foreign matter in the
Test the urine sample according to the directions included
in the test kit package.
How It Feels
There is no pain while collecting a
urine sample. If you have pain or burning when you urinate, tell your doctor
There is no chance for problems while
collecting a urine sample. If your symptoms continue or if your home test is
positive and you do not follow up with your doctor, you may increase your
chances of complications from a urinary tract infection (UTI).