Urinalysis / Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) TestCheck your urine for various substances that may indicate a urinary tract infection (UTI). Read more
This urinalysis (urine test) identifies abnormalities in the urine's appearance, content, and concentration. The urinalysis includes 3 components: a visual examination, a microscopic examination, and a dipstick test. This test provides assessments of the physical, chemical, and microscopic characteristics of your urine sample to help identify signs of an infection.
About UTI testing
A urinalysis is not required to make a diagnosis, but it can help. An abnormal urinalysis by itself does not necessarily mean you have a UTI and need treatment. It is possible to have a negative urinalysis and still have a UTI.
How it works
There are several factors that can increase your risk for getting a UTI, including:
- Having a UTI in the past
- Sexual activity, especially with a new partner
- Changes in the bacteria that live inside the vagina, which can be caused by menopause or the use of spermicides
- Age (older adults and young children are more prone to UTIs)