Clean Catch Urine Sample

A clean catch is a method of collecting a urine sample to be tested. The clean-catch urine method is used to prevent germs from the penis or vagina from getting into a urine sample.

How the Test is Performed

If possible, collect the sample when urine has been in your bladder for 2 to 3 hours.

You will use a special sterile container which shall be provided to collect the urine.

Wash your hands with soap and warm water.

GIRLS AND WOMEN

Girls and women need to wash the area between the vagina “lips” (labia). .

  • Sit on the toilet with your legs spread apart. Use two fingers to spread open your labia.
  • Clean the inner folds of the labia. Wipe from the front to the back if using wipes.
  • Next clean the opening where urine comes out (urethra), just above the opening of the vagina.

To collect the urine sample:

  • Keeping your labia spread open, urinate a small amount into the toilet bowl, then stop the flow of urine.
  • Hold the urine cup a few inches (or a few centimeters) from the urethra and urinate until the cup is about half full.
  • You may finish urinating into the toilet bowl.

BOYS AND MEN

Clean the head of the penis. If you are not circumcised, you will need to pull back (retract) the foreskin first.

  • Urinate a small amount into the toilet bowl, and then stop the flow of urine.
  • Then collect a sample of urine into the clean or sterile cup, until it is half full.
  • You may finish urinating into the toilet bowl.

AFTER COLLECTING THE SAMPLE

Screw the lid tightly on the cup. Do not touch the inside of the cup or the lid.

  • Return the sample to the provider.
  • If you are at home, place the cup in a plastic bag and put the bag in the refrigerator until you take it to the lab or your provider’s office.

Collection in Females

Spread Labia and wipe from front to back
Discard initial urine by urinating in commode
Collect midstream urine sample

Collection in Males

Retract Foreskin and clean Glans
Urinate a small amount in the commode
Collect Midstream Sample

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