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When I was in my teen’s and 20’s I was prone to Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s) and used to suffer from them frequently – not only are they painful, but they began to impact on my life too. Having time from work and time to get to appointments began to take it’s toll. I tried everything, from wearing breezy light clothing to drinking cranberry juice, even trying a cranberry tablet supplement too but it got to the point where the Dr looked at putting me on a low dose of antibiotic permanently as I would get them all the time – we were practically on first name terms at the Doctors surgery by this point. I still remember him saying ‘you aren’t doing anything wrong, it’s just how you are built‘ so it’s something I had to just live with. For some reason, once I’d had children the issue seemed to just vanish and sort itself out and since then – fingers crossed! – I’ve not had another UTI since, but I’m always on my guard.
As I’ve had a struggle in this department, when I was contacted by TestCard to try out the brand new at home testing kit – TestCard UTI Test Kit, I really wanted to give it a go, not to diagnose my own UTI (I currently have no symptoms) but to just provide information to you and others who might be going through what I did in my 20’s, as it can be super stressful and I can only wish that TestCard was around back then as it would have saved me so much time and been SO handy and reassuring.
COMMON SYMPTOMS OF A UTI
- An intense burning when urinating
- Unusual smelling urine
- Pain in your lower back
TestCard is an award-winning product. It is an at-home, non-invasive UTI testing kit that turns a smartphone camera into a clinical-grade scanner to detect UTI’s which can cause cystitis. How amazing is that? There is no need to send your sample off to a lab, you can simply download the app and scan your own sample to retrieve your results.
Inside the kit is:
2 x UTI test strips
Needed: smartphone with TestCard App.
You can easily download the app from the app store on your phone, they have the app available on both Andriod and Apple phones.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
To achieve immediate results in the comfort of your own home, you simply follow these steps:
- Take a urine sample in a clean container. Tear open the pouch and hold the test strip at the top and use the app to scan the QR code at the top of the test strip.
- Dip the test into the sample, making sure not to go over the ‘Max’ line.
- Whilst holding the strip, scan the test strip using your smartphone using the TestCard app – ensure the strip aligns with the blue guidelines.
- Your result is ready! You can share this with a health professional to help speed up your treatment process.
So simple, isn’t it? It just blows my mind your phone camera is able to scan your sample so accurately!
WHERE TO BUY
You can order your TestCard set online, with two test strips priced at £10.00. I think if UTI’s are something you suffer with frequently, it’s probably worth ordering a pack and keeping them in your bathroom cabinet as you never know when you’ll need them – I already have and feel reassured already knowing they are to hand.
I really hope you found this post helpful, do remember to consult with a medical professional after taking your test or if you need any advice.