Can I still have a bladder infection with a negative urine culture?
In a word, yes.
And this is a difficult concept for many doctors to get because we have long been taught that the gold standard is culture.
Let’s back up a little. These are the symptoms of a bladder infection: needing to empty your bladder a lot (urinary frequency), when you gotta go, you gotta go (urgency), pain just over the pubic bone, blood in the urine, burning when you empty your …