pH - urine
A urine pH test measures the level of acid in urine.
After you provide a urine sample, it is tested right away. The health care provider uses a dipstick made with a color-sensitive pad. The color change on the dipstick tells the provider the level of acid in your urine.
If needed, the provider may ask you to collect your urine at home over 24 hours. Your provider will tell you how to do this. Follow instructions exactly so that the results are accurate.
Your provider may tell you to stop taking certain medicines that can affect the results of the test. These may include:
DO NOT stop taking any medicine before talking to your provider.
Eat a normal, balanced diet for several days before the test. Note that:
The test involves only normal urination. There is no discomfort.
Your provider may order this test to check for changes in your urine acid levels. It may be done to see if you:
The normal values range from pH 4.6 to 8.0.
The examples above are common measurements for results of these tests. Normal value ranges may vary slightly among different laboratories. Some labs use different measurements or test different samples. Talk to your provider about the meaning of your specific test results.
A high urine pH may be due to:
A low urine pH may be due to:
There are no risks with this test.
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