Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
- A common infection in women, less common in men
- Symptoms include painful and/or frequent urination
- Easily treatable with antibiotics provided by a healthcare provider
While not everyone with a urinary tract infection (UTI) will notice symptoms, common symptoms include:
- Burning pain during urination
- An urge to urinate when your bladder is nearly empty
- Feeling like you need to urinate all the time, especially at night
- Difficulty controlling when you urinate
- Lower abdominal pain or back pain
- Blood and/or pus in your urine
Be aware that these symptoms are not always caused by a UTI. Other infections, such as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), may cause burning during urination and frequent urination.
Only a healthcare provider can tell for sure if you have a UTI - they will simply do a test of your urine. Make an appointment with your healthcare provider to get the correct testing and treatment.
The good news is you may be able to prevent UTIs. Try these simple tips to prevent getting a urinary tract infection:
- Drink when you are thirsty.
- Urinate as soon as you feel the urge. Don't hold it.
- Keep your vulva clean and dry.
- Drink unsweetened cranberry juice or take cranberry supplements. Cranberries contain an acid that helps prevent bacteria from growing.
- Urinate immediately before and after sex.
- Avoid positions during sex that seem to trigger UTIs.
- Use latex or female condoms during vaginal intercourse.
If you are susceptible to frequent UTIs, you may want to talk to your healthcare provider to see if there are any other reasons for the infections. A doctor may be able to provide antibiotics to help prevent a recurring infection.
Urinary tract infections are easy to treat - you just need the right antibiotics, which you can get from a healthcare provider. While you can treat the symptoms of a UTI with over-the-counter pain relievers, this will not cure the infection. Antibiotics will cure your infection right up; however, make sure to take all the antibiotics prescribed, even when the symptoms get better.