Urine normally does not have any germs. The urine culture test checks for any bacteria or other germs present in urine that may be indicative of a urinary tract infection (UTI). Women are more commonly affected with UTIs compared with men. This is because the female urethra is shorter and closer to the anus, which makes it easier for the bacteria from the intestines to come in contact with the urethra and cause an infection.
When it's done:
The test is performed:
- To diagnose UTI in people with symptoms such as burning sensation while urinating and frequent urination
- To find the cause of UTI
- To determine the best treatment for UTI
- To check if UTI has resolved post-treatment
When to Avoid:
Inform your doctor if you are taking any antibiotics, as the test may be negative even if you have an UTI.
How to prepare:
Avoid passing urine for 2 to 3 hours and then collect the sample. The first urine of the day is even better because bacterial levels will be higher. You will need to collect a clean-catch midstream urine sample in the container provided. Make sure to avoid contaminating the sample.