At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
To diagnose a urinary tract infection (UTI)
When to Get Tested?
When you experience symptoms of a UTI, such as frequent and painful urination
A mid-stream clean catch urine sample; sometimes a urine sample obtained via catheter
Test Preparation Needed?
Generally none, but you may be instructed not to urinate for at least one hour before the test and/or to drink a glass of water 15-20 minutes before sample collection.