Urine Culture Collection, Female

ExitCare Image You will collect a sample of pee (urine) in a cup. Read the instructions below before beginning. If you have any questions, ask the nurse before you begin. Follow the instructions carefully.

  1. Wash your hands with soap and water and dry them thoroughly.

  2. Open the lid of the cup. Be careful not to touch the inside.

  3. Clean the private (genital) area.

    • Sit over the toilet. Use the fingers of one hand to separate and hold open the folds of the skin in your private area.

    • Clean the pee (urinary) opening and surrounding area with the gauze, wiping from front to back. Throw away the gauze in the trash, not the toilet. Repeat this step two times.

  4. With the folds of skin still separated, pee a small amount into toilet. STOP, then pee into the cup. Fill the cup half way.

  5. Put the lid on the cup tightly.

  6. Wash your hands with soap and water.

  7. If you were given a label, put the label on the cup.

  8. Give the cup to the nurse.