Urine Test: About This Test

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A urine test checks your urine for problems. It is often done to look for an infection in the urinary tract. You will be told if you need to avoid certain medicines or foods before the test. Also, tell your doctor about ALL the medicines, vitamins, supplements, and herbal remedies you take.

You will be asked to provide a clean-catch midstream urine sample. It collects urine without getting bacteria from the skin in the sample.

Here are the steps for collecting urine:

1. Open the wipes. Remove the lid from the container and set it down with the inner surface up. Wash your hands.

2. Clean your genitals with the provided wipes. If you have a vulva, hold the folds of skin or lips (labia) apart. Wipe the area from front to back.

3. If you have a penis, use the wipes to clean the tip. If you have a foreskin, pull it back.

4. Start to urinate into the toilet for a few seconds. Keep holding your skin away from the urine stream.

5. After the urine has flowed for several seconds, place the collection container in the stream. Collect about 2 ounces (a quarter cup). Don't touch the container to your genitals. Finish urinating into the toilet.

6. Carefully replace the lid on the container. Wash your hands again.

Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.

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