What is a urinalysis?
Urine content says a lot about how your body is doing and if there’s something going on inside that has to be checked by a medical professional. This has made the procedure a staple in diagnosing various conditions.
A urinalysis takes urine and puts it through certain testing methods to determine any abnormal parameters in the sample.
The tested sample will be examined by a medical professional that knows how to read urinalysis results for UTI, a common infection, and other ailments.
Should I have a urinalysis done?
As part of a daily routine, any sudden or gradual changes to your peeing will be more often than not, noticeable.
If you experience symptoms such as a change in urine color and/or odor, the presence of blood in the urine, pain while urinating, an increase in the frequency of urination, or pain in the abdomen or back, then see a medical professional.
More often than not, your doctor will have a urinalysis performed.
What does a urinalysis test for?
Conditions and substances that change certain, quantifiable aspects of urine can be determined from a urinalysis.
These include but are not limited to:
- Kidney stones or kidney disease
- Bladder cancer
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Recreational drug use
How is a urinalysis carried out?
A sample of urine must first be obtained and can be done so via the “clean-catch” method of peeing into a sterilized specimen container.