Comfort, low costs and privacy, these are the main advantages of home health test kits; however, promoting this new facility implies increasing people’s awareness of the importance to treat such home facilities with utmost care. Urine sample collection may look piece of cake, and so it should be, on condition that some basic instructions are followed. There are some dos and don’ts in almost all the home health test kits, all you need to do is be patient enough to read and follow everything thoroughly in order not to compromise samples. Unlike blood testing, that may seem more difficult, urine testing is in fact the complex one.
Urine can be collected any time of the day, but in order to have a valid sample, some rules must be followed. For instance, you should not drink four hours before sample collection, as liquids dilute the urine and lower the concentration of the substances necessary for the medical analysis. This is why most people choose to collect a sample of the first morning urine that meets all the testing parameters. Don’t take any medication before the urine test; antibiotics or hormonal oral contraceptives are usually the ones that influence the analysis results.
Wash the genital area before you collect the urine sample in order to eliminate bacteria, then wipe it dry. The urine at the beginning of the stream is also reach in bacteria from the lower urinary tract; this is why the best sample is the urine collected in the middle of the stream. Follow all the steps indicated in the instructions of the home health test kits to make sure that you are familiar with the storage conditions. The collected sample should be sent right away to the laboratory since its quality deteriorates in time.
Do not reuse some parts of a urine home health test kits in combination with other tests, as the reliability of the results is drastically diminished; furthermore, the materials are for one use only, don’t save them for the next time. Do not open the urine collection recipient before you actually take the sample; it is stored in a sterile environment and it should remain like that until the moment the test is performed. Otherwise you risk that the test results may not accurately reflect the real health condition, if various bacteria or invisible fungi accumulate in the collecting device.