Collecting your urine sample

Last reviewed Nov 2023

Relax and follow these simple steps

A urine (pee) sample can test for STIs including; chlamydia, gonorrhea, mycoplasma genitalium, and trichomonas. 

You might find the following tips helpful:

  • Read the printed instructions in your kit first - this has the most up-to-date information.
  • Give yourself enough time, so you’re relaxed. 
  • The best time to collect your sample is first thing in the morning - the very first pee you do, just after you've woken up.
  • Before collecting your urine sample, you should not have urinated for at least one hour.
  • If you recently urinated, drinking a large glass of water will help you be ready to give a urine sample in one hour.

Here's your step-by-step guide on how to collect your sample

Before you start

  • Wash your hands.
  • Unpack your kit.

1. Collect your sample

  • Wash your hands. Unpack the kit on a clean surface, ideally in a bathroom.
  • Put the collection pouch on a clean, flat surface near the toilet. 
  • Remove the cap from the sample tube and stand on a nearby surface.

We've included a pouch to help you collect your sample. You'll find helpful instructions on the side of the pouch.

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  • When you’re ready, pee into the pouch. It’s important to catch the first pee that comes out as this gives the test the best chance of being accurate. 
  • Carefully pour your sample into the bottle. The tube needs to be full to the fill line shown on the side of the collection tube.
  • Press down firmly to secure the cap. 
  • Place the bottle into the transport bag, fold the top of the bag over and seal it.
  • Pour any wee left in the collection pouch down the toilet and give the pouch a quick rinse out.
  • Dispose of the collection pouch in your household waste.

   

You're all done, get ready to return your samples to us. 

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2. Complete the form

  • Write your name and date of birth on the form provided, along with the date your samples were collected. If you can’t complete the form yourself, ask someone for help.
  • Place the form and your samples back into the kit box and return the box following the instructions in step three.
  • Please note, your samples cannot be tested without the completed form.

3. Returning your samples

  

  • Your samples should be returned on the day they were collected. If this is not possible, store them in a refrigerator until returned.
  • Check that each sample has been closed tightly and is in a sealed transport bag.
  • Place your samples and your completed form back into the kit box. Close it securely by inserting the two large tabs on the box lid into the slots, pressing down firmly to lock them into place. Apply the clear security seal provided or add tape for extra security.
  • The return postage has been pre-paid, just drop the kit box into a USPS mail box.