Your urine sample may be collected to rule out or diagnose a particular health condition like diabetes, infection, kidney disease, hydration, and urinary tract infection. Urine eliminates filtered waste products from your body, so expect it to contain certain substances. If the urine test reveals anything odd, your doctor will be able to diagnose any underlying health condition. Pregnancy, urinary tract infection and STIs will show changes in the urine. Fluctuating levels of protein in your urine could mean kidney disease. If there’s glucose in your urine, you might have Type 2 diabetes. The results of the test will be sent to you via email. Your doctor will discuss the test results with you.
What’s the difference between a regular urine test and mid-stream testing? In a mid-stream urine test, the first part and the last part of the stream aren’t tested. This reduces the risk of contaminating the urine sample with bacteria from the skin around your urethra or your hands. A mid-stream urine test determines the bacteria that caused an infection and the antibiotics that can treat it.
You will have to hold your urine for two hours before the test so that you can give the best sample for testing. A sample of your urine will be taken at the clinic. The test doesn’t have any special requirement. You only need to arrive with a full bladder and tell your doctor if you’re taking any medications as it can affect the result of the rest. Tell your doctor if you’re on your period as your urine sample may have blood in it.
If you’re getting the sample at home, you should have been given a sterile container for urine collection. Ask for a new container if you’ve inadvertently touched the inside surface, or the container is broken. Wash your hands properly before collecting the urine sample. Don’t forget to label the container with the time and date of collection, your full name, and birth date.
If you are using a micro-urine preparation kit, make sure to clean your genital area properly before collecting the sample. Start collecting the urine into the container mid-stream. Don’t touch the inside surface of the container. There’s no need to fill it to the brim. After getting the sample, finish passing your urine into the toilet. Screw down the container’s lid and put it in a biohazard bag. If you can’t deliver the sample to the lab within an hour, you should refrigerate it. Call your referring doctor or the collection center if you have questions about collecting a urine sample,
A doctor’s request or consultation is needed to ensure proper management and follow up of your condition. Your doctor will discuss the results with you and the next step that should be taken to deal with your condition. The test results will be emailed to you. If a different clinic requested the urine test, the result would be emailed to you, and you can take them to your doctor for interpretation.
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