Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) (Female)



A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection caused by bacteria in the urinary system. It can occur in the kidneys, bladder, ureters, or urethra. However, most UTIs stay in the bladder.

About UTIs

If you are a woman having symptoms of a possible UTI, this test checks your urine for various substances that may indicate an infection.

The most common symptoms of a UTI include:

  • Sudden urges to urinate
  • Pain in the lower belly area
  • Burning sensation during urination
  • Urinating more often than usual

Factors that can increase the risk of getting a UTI include:

  • 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
  • Pregnancy
  • Age (older adults)

About UTI testing

  • 1. A urinalysis is not required to make a diagnosis, but it can help
  • 2. An abnormal urinalysis by itself does not necessarily mean you have a UTI and need treatment
  • 3. It is possible to still have a UTI and have a negative urinalysis

As part of this service, you are entitled to a physician telehealth consult to discuss your symptoms and urinalysis results, even if your results are negative. You may also receive a prescription for an antibiotic for UTI treatment after a physician considers your symptoms, medical history, and test results.

This test may be appropriate if you:

  • Are a female 18 years of age or older with recent symptoms of a UTI (within the last 7-10 days)

This test is NOT appropriate if you:

  • Have no symptoms
  • Are male
  • Are pregnant or nursing

You should contact your doctor right away if you:

  • Have had symptoms lasting longer than 7-10 days
  • Are experiencing pain in your upper abdomen, lower back, or sides
  • Have blood in your urine
  • Have a known urinary condition that may cause difficulty or inability to urinate
  • Are experiencing flu-like symptoms (such as a fever >100.5 °F, chills, tiredness, etc)
  • Are experiencing nausea or vomiting
  • Have had a recent urinary surgery
  • Are a diabetic with difficulty controlling your blood sugar
  • Have a condition that makes it difficult to fight infection (such as HIV, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, transplant, etc)
  • Are experiencing vaginal symptoms (such as itching, irritation, discharge, odor, rash, sores, etc)
  • Have a known kidney condition