Did you know that women have a 50% more likely chance of getting a UTI (urinary tract infection) than men? Frankly, it’s because women have a shorter urethra, so bacteria have an easier time getting in and sticking around. But just because we’re more susceptible, it doesn’t mean that you have to accept the pain and discomfort that comes with a UTI. If going to the bathroom is causing you frustration, pain, and even interrupting your day with sudden urgency then keep reading.
Once you’ve identified a UTI, you can learn how to treat it, and even lower your risk of getting more in the future.
What are signs I have a UTI?
Many of us have experienced common symptoms of a urinary tract infection. Painful urination, burning sensations, or an immediate need to go are all pretty common. But, there are other signs that can help you identify a urinary tract infection that you may not know. If your urine is cloudy, red, or brown then you likely have an infection. So watch out for cloudy urine and treat it fast! Also, if your urine smells more strongly than normal, that is a clue that you have a urinary tract infection. Treating your UTI before you feel the pain and discomfort is the goal.
Some women also experience stomach cramps, fever, or a decrease in energy when they have a UTI.
How are they treated?
Though some mild cases of urinary tract infections can resolve themselves, antibiotics are generally prescribed to help you fight it off. Antibiotics can also help relieve you of symptoms sooner, though you should remember to keep taking your antibiotics until your doctor’s orders are fulfilled. Antibiotic resistance is a serious issue, and you don’t want your UTI returning just a week later.
How can I prevent UTIs?
Some people are more likely to get urinary tract infections, but there are some basic preventative methods that might help the average person avoid getting a UTI. Drinking plenty of water will help keep your bladder working and remove anything that shouldn’t be there, and avoiding sugary or caffeinated drinks will help cut down on bladder irritation.
If you’re looking for a gynecologist to give you more information, call us today at (214) 544-6600.