What is a Urethral Swab?
A Urethral Swab is a procedure where a sample is taken from the Urethra (tube inside the penis) for testing.
Why is a Urethral Swab done?
A Urethral Swab is done to test for STDs that cause Urethritis. This includes testing for Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, NSU (Mycoplasma, Ureaplasma, Trichomonas).
How is a Urethral Swab done?
A very thin cotton tip swab is inserted gently into the opening at the tip of the penis. It is then rotated gently and withdrawn.
The whole procedure only takes a few seconds.
Is a Urethral Swab painful?
Most of my patient describe the urethral swab as ‘uncomfortable but not as bad as they thought’. However, some people might find it painful. Rest assured that when conducting the swab, I will be as gentle as possible to minimize any pain or discomfort.
How long will it take for me to know the results of my Urethral Swab?
Different tests require different times to run. Generally you should have the results in about a week.
About Dr. Tan
Dr. Tan graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2001. His residency was in the two largest public hospitals in Singapore; Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Singapore General Hospital.