The Urine Test
How healthy are you? Use our DIY physical to alert you to any minor glitches in your health

March 4, 2014

urine test

Men don’t like to ask for help. We hate it. Of the guys who actually do visit their GP, 80% of appointments are initiated by their partners. Even male cancer helplines get more calls from women. But this is not a telling off. This is a DIY physical that will alert you to any minor glitches in your health, all without spending half a working day in a musty waiting room.

What You Do
Next time you need to urinate, get two clear cups or glasses – preferably not the best crystal she uses when her parents come to visit – and take them into the bathroom. Lock the door.

Start “going” in the first glass until it’s a couple of centimetres full. Then stop the flow and release the majority – but not all – of your bladder into the toilet.

As you near the end, pick up the second glass and fill that with a couple of centimetres, too. Keep the two glasses separate 
so as not to confuse which one is which.

Hold both samples up to a window or light. Don’t tip them. You’re looking for floating particles in the urine, making a comparison between the two glasses.

Your Diagnosis
More particles in the first glass?
You might have an STD.
“While a few floating bits is natural – uric crystals or metabolic debris – this can be a sign of inflammation in your urethra as a result of the early stages of an STD,” 
says Asher. If you’ve had unprotected sex recently and thought that you got away 
with it, get yourself to the clinic for a 
check-up to know for sure.

More particles in the second glass?
It could be UREAPLASMA
This is a little more dodgy we’re afraid. 
“Ureaplasma is a form of posterior 
urethritis – a deeper inflammation of the urethral tract,” says Asher. This requires a longer course of treatment and you should request a test upon completion to confirm that the infection has completely gone. 
Once it has, though, you’re well and truly back in the clear.