How does a urine culture help diagnose overactive bladder?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Your doctor may order a urine culture to identify urinary tract infections. The most common way it is done is for you to urinate after cleaning around your vagina or penis. The urine sample is sent to a laboratory to identify excessive bacteria growth, a urinary tract infection or a bladder infection. If bacteria are found, an antibiotics can be used to treat the infection.

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