There are many tests to help diagnose urinary tract infections. The fastest and simplest test is a urinalysis, which analyzes a sample of your urine, looking for bacteria and blood cells (both white and red). If you have a urinalysis, your doctor may ask you to clean your genital area with a special cloth (to kill exterior bacteria) and to begin collecting your urine mid-stream.
Other UTI diagnostic tests may include:
- Urine culture
- Imaging your urinary tract
- Blood tests
- Pelvic exam
- Rectal exam
If you have signs or symptoms of a UTI
, see your doctor to get an official diagnosis and treatment.