A Urinary Tract Infection, or UTI, is very common to women of all ages. This infection affects the kidneys which are responsible for removing waste and excess water from our body and turns them into urine. The ureters then drains the urine from the kidneys into the bladder which collects and holds the urine until it's ready to pass through the urethra to get the urine flushed out of our body.
How do I know if I have UTI?
Although some symptoms vary, most people experience the following:
● You feel a strong urge to pee,your toilet trips are more frequent than usual or you often pee with just small amounts of urine
● Burning sensation when peeing
● Lower back pain or pelvic pressure
● Fever or chills
● Nausea or vomiting
● Cloudy urine
● Blood in urine
For recurring UTIs, your doctor may suggest performing a cystoscopy. This procedure allows your doctor to look for any abnormalities inside your urethra and bladder which causes the UTI to continue coming back.
What’s the treatment for UTI?
UTIs can simply be cured with antibiotics which should clear up, although some require an extended antibiotics treatment.
How can I prevent UTIs?
Although you cannot always prevent UTI’s, the following may reduce your chances of getting one:
● Drink a lot of water and avoid drinking fluids that may irritate your bladder
● Wash the genital area and avoid bubble baths
● Don't hold your bladder when you feel the urge to use the bathroom
● Empty your bladder after intercourse
● Wipe the genitals directed from front to back