Why get tested?
A urine culture test is used for detecting germs in the urine for diagnosing urinary tract infections (UTIs). The purpose of the urine culture test is to determine the type of bacteria that has caused the urinary tract infection(s) so it is prescribed after the urinalysis test.
What is being tested?
The urinary tract consists of tubes, bladder, ureters, and urethra that contain urine. The infection generally starts in the urethra or bladder and can spread to any part of the urinary system. In more severe cases, the urinary tract infection (UTI) causes belly pain or fever.
Make sure that you have an empty stomach only filled with water and drink 3 to 4 glasses of water before taking the urine culture test.