Clean-Catch Urine Sample: Girls

What is a clean-catch urine sample?

A clean-catch urine sample is a way to collect urine that helps keep bacteria that are normally on your skin out of the sample. Your healthcare provider can then test the urine for bacteria in your urinary tract. Other tests may also be done on the urine sample. The urinary tract includes your:

  • Kidneys, which make urine
  • Ureters, which are the tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder
  • Bladder, which stores urine
  • Urethra, which is the tube that drains urine from the bladder

How do I collect the sample of urine?

Your child’s healthcare provider will give you a cup and cleaning wipes to use for collecting the urine sample. Follow your provider’s advice for how to collect the sample. Some general guidelines are listed below.

  • Calmly explain to your child what you are going to do. You can explain the steps to an older child or teen so she can collect the sample by herself.
  • In the bathroom, you or your teen will need to wash your hands with soap and water.
  • If the cup has a plastic wrapper and lid, remove it. Do not touch the inside of the lid or the inside of the cup. Place the lid top side down on a clean counter or paper towel.
  • Wash your child’s genital area from front to back with a cleaning wipe. Do not use soap. Separate your child’s genital folds (folds of skin around the vagina) with your hand. Clean gently inside the folds with another cleaning wipe. Use each wipe only once and then throw it into the trash.
  • Have your child sit on the toilet with her legs spread wide apart, then ask her to start urinating into the toilet. Do not touch the cup to your child’s skin. Let the first few drops of urine go into the toilet and then put the cup under the stream of urine. Try to fill the cup at least half full. Move the cup away from the urine stream and let your child finish urinating into the toilet.
  • Put the lid on the cup tightly and wash your hands.
  • If you collect the urine sample at home, write your child’s name on the cup with a permanent marker. Follow any directions your child’s healthcare provider gives you for taking the sample to the lab.
Developed by RelayHealth.
Pediatric Advisor 2015.1 published by RelayHealth.
Last modified: 2014-11-04
Last reviewed: 2014-10-30
This content is reviewed periodically and is subject to change as new health information becomes available. The information is intended to inform and educate and is not a replacement for medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional.
Copyright ©1986-2015 McKesson Corporation and/or one of its subsidiaries. All rights reserved.

Patient Portal

Our Patient Portal provides safe and secure online access to better communicate with your Tufts Medical Center Community Care doctor. This easy-to-use web tool is a convenient way to book appointments, request referrals, renew prescriptions, view medical records/test results and communicate with your healthcare provider from the privacy of your own computer.


Your privacy is important to us. Learn more about ourwebsite privacy policy. X