Gifted. We were sent the TestCard UTI testing kit for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.
It can feel a bit embarrassing, but most of us at some point in our lives get a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) and some of us, if we’re really unlucky, can be especially prone to them. A UTI can be uncomfortable, and getting an appointment to see or speak to your GP can take a bit of time, so the new UTI home testing kits from TestCard can really help to speed up the process.
If you think you might have a UTI, the common symptoms are:
- Pain or a burning sensation when peeing
- Needing to wee more often than usual
- Wee that looks cloudy
- Lower stomach ache, or pain in your lower back
- A temperature
The TestCard UTI Test Kit is really easy to use. You can order a kit online, or pick one up from your local chemist or supermarket; download the app (available from both the App Store or Google Play) and follow the simple instructions.
Your postcard sized testing kit contains two test strips, each carefully sealed and wrapped, ready for use when the time comes. The little kit also includes a set of instructions if you need them.
The UTI Test Strips are a bit like a dipstick, you just dip it into your urine sample briefly then use the smartphone app to scan your results. The app provides a detailed analysis of your urine, with results that will be easily understood by your GP.
The results screen will indicate a clear yes or no and will tell you if you need to seek medical advice and treatment. The results are completely private and secure; you are the only person who can decide if you want to share them with your doctor.
If you do have a UTI, the best thing to do is speak to your GP who will be able to talk to you about the best course of treatment for you; or prescribe some antibiotics to help clear up the infection.
Taking the test using TestCard is a very simple four step process.
1. Produce a sample of wee in a clean container. Open the test and scan the QR code using the app on your smartphone.
2. Dip the testing strip into your urine sample, but don’t go over the “max wet” line.
3. Hold the testing strip at the top, and then scan the strip using the app making sure you align the strip to the blue guides on the screen.
4. Check your result. At this stage you are given the option to share your results with a medical professional.
This is a really speedy and efficient way of helping to manage and take control of your own health. Being able to have the information you need when you speak to your GP can save so much time and help you get the treatment you need quicker.
The TestCard home UTI testing kit costs £10 for two testing strips, and is available to order online or from your chemist or supermarket. The app is free to download; the results are instant which can get you back on the road to good health or peace of mind in an instant.
For more information about TestCard, visit their website.