UTI Home Tests – All You Need To Know

Rebekah Kuschmider
Rebekah Kuschmider
June 22, 2023
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Technically reviewed by: 
Adele Morris
UTI Home Tests – All You Need To Know

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are an all-too-common health problem. Research shows that UTIs are the most frequently diagnosed type of outpatient infection, and they lead to almost $2 billion in annual medical costs [1]. In addition, they cause discomfort and lost productivity; misdiagnosis can contribute to the overuse of antibiotics.

A Common Condition

A UTI is an infection in any part of your urinary tract, including the bladder, urethra, or ureter. UTIs can also spread to the kidneys, which can lead to serious health problems such as kidney damage. Early diagnosis and treatment of UTIs is the best way to prevent the infection from becoming more serious.

Women are more likely to have UTIs, and 60% of women experience at least one UTI in their lifetime [1]. The risk of UTIs increases with age for people of any gender. Many people experience multiple UTIs over time and become quite familiar with the symptoms as well as the cumbersome process of getting to a doctor for testing and treatment.

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are the most common outpatient infection leading to more than a million emergency room visits each year. About 60% of women develop at least one UTI in their lifetime. The prevalence of UTIs increases with age, and they are particularly common in healthcare settings.

Most urinary tract infections are uncomplicated and can either resolve on their own or can be effectively treated with antibiotics. For people with certain underlying health conditions, a UTI can lead to more serious health effects if the infection isn’t detected and treated quickly. Even with uncomplicated UTIs, the symptoms are uncomfortable and interrupt daily activities like work, fitness, and family responsibilities.

Getting a quick diagnosis and treating the infection is a significant benefit to anyone with a UTI. Home UTI testing is a simple way to get the ball rolling on UTI diagnosis so you can get the treatment you need as soon as you need it.

UTI Symptoms: Listen to Your Body

The symptoms of UTIs are easy to detect, especially if you have had one before. The telltale signs include bladder pressure, feeling an urgent need to urinate, pain during urination, and blood in the urine. You may also notice pain in your sides or abdomen. UTI can cause a fever, chills, or nausea [2].

Common UTI symptoms include burning while urinating, feeling the need to urinate despite having an empty bladder, bloody urine and pressure or cramping in the groin or lower abdomen.

Most people know these symptoms are a signal to call the doctor for an in-person appointment for a urine test. That can be easier said than done. Getting an appointment quickly at a time that works for you can be a challenge and lead to treatment delays.

An at-home UTI test can simplify the diagnosis process. Instead of picking up the phone when you notice UTI symptoms, you can use a simple home test to detect the presence of inflammation and harmful bacteria in your urine. You can then share your results with your doctor either online or in person, who will help you get appropriate treatment.

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How Do Home UTI Tests Work?

An at-home UTI test strip has square-shaped reagent pads which change color when dipped in urine. The color chart in the product packaging can help you find out if your urine parameters are not in the normal range. You can buy a UTI test from this link.

Over-the-counter urinary tract infection test strips like the Diagnox UTI test are simple and easy to use. Each individual test is packaged in a sterile pouch. The test consists of a dipstick with two reagent pads that test for inflammation and bacteria. You will collect a urine sample in a clean container, then quickly submerge the dipstick in the sample. You then remove the dipstick and wait two minutes for results. You can read the results by comparing the colors on the reagent pads to a chart on the test packaging.

Conducting a urinalysis with a urine dipstick test is simple and easy. Briefly immerse the strip in the urine sample. Wait for the reagents to react with the urine specimen. The UTI results are typically ready to read in 2 minutes. You can read the results by comparing the pad colors with the color chart provided by the manufacturer.

The pads on the dipstick change color to indicate the presence of white blood cells (leukocytes) or bacteria. Bacteria is the cause of the UTI, and its presence indicates infection. The presence of white blood cells indicates that your immune system is working to fight the infection.

UTI Test Strips work by checking the presence of Leukocytes and Nitrite in urine. A positive result for either indicates a likely infection.

What if My Home UTI Test Is Positive?

If you take a UTI test at home and the strip indicates that you have a UTI, you can call your doctor to discuss what to do next. The home test is the starting point for talking to your doctor about additional testing and recommendations for treatment.

What if My Home UTI Test Is Negative?

A negative UTI home test is good news because it means you likely don’t have an infection. This can help you avoid unnecessary antibiotic use. If symptoms continue or get worse, you can test again and see if an infection has developed in the time since your last test.

If you have significant, ongoing UTI-like symptoms without a positive result on a home test, you can talk to your doctor about other possible causes for your symptoms.

Results interpretation table for a UTI test strip.

Diagnox UTI Tests

Diagnox at-home UTI test kit is a simple and convenient way to get tested as soon as you notice UTI symptoms. The tests are easy to use and give you quick, accurate results.

Easy-to-use at-home UTI tests are a convenient urinary-tract infection screening tool.

By empowering individuals to listen to their body’s needs, Diagnox aims for better health for all. Learn more about urinary tract infections - testing, and prevention strategies at our dedicated blogs page for UTIs in this link.

  1. M. Medina and E. Castillo-Pino, “An introduction to the epidemiology and burden of urinary tract infections,” Therapeutic Advances in Urology,  vol. 11, May 2, 2019. [Online serial]. Available Online here. [Accessed May 2, 2023].
  2. Mayo Clinic Staff, “Urinary tract infection (UTI),” Mayo Clinic, Available Online here. [Accessed May 2, 2023].

About the Author
Rebekah Kuschmider

Rebekah has been writing about culture, health, and politics since 2010. She has a masters degree in Arts Policy and Administration from The Ohio State University. Her work has been seen at WebMD, The Candidly, MedicineNet, YourTango, Ravishly, Babble, Scary Mommy, Salon, Role Reboot, The Good Men Project, SheSaid, Huffington Post, and Mamamia. She is a former cohost of the weekly podcast The More Perfect Union. Rebekah lives in Maryland with her husband, two kids, and a dog who sheds a lot.

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