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Simple at-home UTI testing with TestCard
Over the years my blog has constantly changed and with that change, I would say it’s grown with me as a person. So that’s why I can open up more with everyone as I feel like it’s ok and at the end of the day, life is for living and you never know you might share life experiences with others.
So with that being said, that brings me to today’s blog post. UTIs! I know it’s not really spoken about freely but I thought it would be great to be open with you all and share the subject. I have tried TestCard (UTI) Urinary Tract Infection self-testing strips and used their app.
Common symptoms of UTIs are as follows
- An intense burning while urinating
- Unusual smelling urine
- Pain in the lower back
I have had UTIs previously, and it definitely wasn’t pleasant! I used to be so embarrassed to get treatment. We need to get past the embarrassment because UTIs are incredibly common, even if you’re not sexually active.
Getting tested can be a right pain at times because getting an appointment can sometimes take longer and going right now is a bit harder because of Covid-19. Finding out about TestCard has been wonderful as they are a great way to get instant results at home for an affordable price.
When it comes to UTIs (Urinary Tract Infection) I have heard so many myths about how they happen and remedies.
One myth I have heard is that drinking cranberry juice can reduce getting UTIs but the fact is that it’s only a placebo effect and it’s simply not true. I got told this and I’m glad I know this now because cranberry juice is so damn sour for me LOL!
Another thing is that UTIs can happen for a multitude of reasons and it’s not always intercourse that causes it even though it can be a contributing factor. For some people, they can be recurrent and sometimes they have no symptoms at all.
Myths and Facts
- Fact: Some people are just prone to recurring UTIs, men can also get them!
- Fact: Symptoms can vary, some people have no symptoms at all, however, common symptoms include pain when urinating or/and burning.
- Myth: They are not caused by poor hygiene, sometimes they are just unavoidable.
- Myth: Cranberry juice will reduce chances is a total myth, I was shocked by this as I was advised by a lot of older family members.
Anyway, onto the TestCard.
TestCard is a self testing kit in which you order online
They send you an envelope with two self-testing strips. Inside the envelope, it tells you the instructions on where to download the app. I used the Apple store to download the free app.
How to use
(First Step) Before you get started make sure you have a clean container to collect urine. Then simply tear open a sachet and hold the strip by the top and scan the QR code so the app knows which test you are using.
(Second Step ) To take the test simply dip the test in the urine to the max wet sign briefly.
(Third Step) While holding the testing strip simply scan the QR code to match up with the blue guidelines on the screen.
(Fourth Step) It takes about a minute to get your results on the screen. Depending on your result you can share results with a health professional.
My final thoughts on TestCard is that they are bloody brilliant! I have never taken a test at the comfort of my own home before but wow what a difference. It was more relaxing for me to take the test and I wasn’t rushing around.
The test is very simple to use and the app is perfect and easy to use. Getting the results almost instantly brought a huge relief to me. I will 100% use them again if I ever feel like I may have a UTI.
Of course, consult with your health professional if you feel the need because at the end of the day, only you know your body.
TestCard (UTI) Urinary Tract Infections Test strips cost a super affordable £12 and even have FREE delivery.
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