Urine culture test helps diagnose bacteria in the urine. The test can easily identify the germ that may be causing urinary tract infection. The bacteria causing UTIs may enter through the urinary tract through the urethra. The bacterium causing the infection grows rapidly in the environment of the urinary tract.
Why get tested?
A urine culture test may be advised by a doctor to identify the micro-organisms, typically germs, which cause urinary tract infection. A urinary tract infection is more common in females than males. It is because the urethra of a woman is shorter and is much closer to the anus which makes it easier for bacteria to find their way into the urinary tract and eventually developing into an infection. The aim of this test is to detect the growth of any fungi or bacteria in the urinary tract and give suggestive medications for the medical issues on an immediate basis.
This test includes
Preparation for the test
It is important to inform the doctor about recent medications or over-the-counter vitamins, supplements or medicines. These medications may affect the results of the urine test.
Avoid the consumption of alcohol at least 48 hours before taking the test.
Procedure of the urine culture test
The sample of urine for the test can be collected in various ways. The most common way to collect the sample is through the clean-catch method. In this method, the doctor will ask the patient to wash the hands and genitalia with a cleanser and urinate in a sterile container and then send it to a laboratory for analysis. It is preferable to take the sample from the first morning urine.