The at-home UTI test kit is used to determine whether or not you may have a urinary tract infection. You won’t need to schedule an appointment with a doctor or wait days for your results to return from a lab. With myLAB Box’s UTI test kit, you can get tested and receive your results in a matter of minutes, all from the comfort of your own home.
What is a UTI?
A UTI affects the urinary system, which includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. The urinary system acts as the body’s drainage system by removing excess water and waste. A UTI occurs when the urinary system becomes overwhelmed with bacteria.
What Are the Symptoms of a UTI?
A UTI can lead to a number of annoying or uncomfortable symptoms, including:
- Intense urge to urinate
- Increased frequency of urination
- Decreased amount of urine
- Burning or painful urination
- Mild or low-grade fever
- Pain or pressure in your back or lower abdomen
- Cloudy, dark, bloody, or foul-smelling urine
- Feeling tired or weak
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to get tested to determine whether or not you have a UTI.
Who Is At Risk of Developing A UTI?
Some people are at a higher risk of getting a UTI than others. You may be more likely to get a UTI if:
- You have urinary system abnormalities, such as kidney stones, that interfere with the flow of urine from the kidneys to the bladder
- You have diabetes
- You suffer from a medical condition that requires the use of catheters
- You are sexually active
Both men and women can get UTIs. However, UTIs are far more common in women than men. This is because a woman’s urethra is much shorter than a man’s urethra, which makes it easier for bacteria to travel to a woman’s bladder. Furthermore, a woman’s urethra is much closer to the anus and vagina, which are two of the main sources of bacteria that can cause this type of infection.
Who Should Take An At-Home UTI Test?
Anyone who is experiencing the symptoms of a UTI should consider taking an at-home test as soon as possible. Do not wait too long to get tested. A UTI is easy to treat, but if left untreated, it can lead to serious health complications such as:
- Kidney infections
- Permanent kidney damage
- Narrowing of the urethra
What Do I Need to Do to Prepare for the At-Home UTI Test?
The at-home UTI test kit will contain everything you need to collect your sample and determine whether or not you have an infection.
If possible, urine should be in your bladder for two to three hours before home collection. This means you should try to avoid urinating for two to three hours prior to taking the test.
How to Take An At-Home UTI Test
Taking a UTI test at home has never been easier. Here’s how testing for a UTI at home it works:
- Order your test kit on the myLAB Box website. Shipping is free and your package will be sent in discreet packaging, so no one will know that a UTI test kit is being delivered.
- Unpack your test kit and follow the instructions inside to collect your sample.
- Once you collect a urine sample, you will need to dip a testing strip into the sample.
- Receive your results. There’s no need to send your sample into a lab—your results will be ready in two minutes.
- Schedule a free phone consultation with a physician to discuss your results.
That’s all it takes to get tested for a UTI at home!
UTI Test Kit: How to Read Your Results
If the test strip shows the same color pattern as the enclosed box, this means that there is probably no infection, but we always recommend logging into our system to discuss your symptoms and the test results. UTI is not always ruled out based on a test strip that shows no color change.
An increase in color intensity indicates that there is a probable urinary tract or bladder infection.
What Should I Do If I Have a UTI?
After you complete the test at home and receive your result, follow the instructions in your kit to book a free virtual physician consult with our partner Physician 360. During this consultation, the physician will address your concerns, answer your questions, and help you understand your treatment options. If your results indicate you have a UTI, the physician can prescribe the appropriate medications during this free consultation.
If your results are negative, you may need to schedule an appointment with your personal physician. Your physician can recommend additional diagnostic testing to determine the cause of your symptoms.
How Are UTIs Treated?
UTIs are bacterial infections, so they are typically treated with prescription antibiotics. Some of the most common antibiotics that are prescribed for this condition include:
Your doctor may also prescribe a pain medication or recommend an over-the-counter pain medication to alleviate your discomfort.
Symptoms may disappear within a few days of treatment. However, this does not mean that you should stop taking the prescribed medications. Follow your doctor’s orders and take the entire course of antibiotics even if you are no longer experiencing symptoms.
How Can You Prevent UTIs?
There are certain steps you can take to lower your risk of getting a UTI, including:
- Staying hydrated. Drinking six to eight glasses of water per day will help your body prevent the buildup of bacteria in your urinary system.
- Going to the bathroom as soon as you start to feel the urge to urinate.
- Urinating immediately after sex.
- Wearing cotton underwear and loose fitting clothing.
- Wiping from front to back after using the bathroom.
- Choosing the right birth control. Diaphragms, spermicide, or condoms that are lubricated with spermicide can put you at a higher risk of getting a UTI.
Talk to your healthcare provider to learn other steps you can take to reduce your risk of getting a UTI.