It has been estimated that 40% of women will have a UTI in their lifetime, and many women will experience multiple cases. In contrast, only 12% of men develop a UTI. Women are naturally more prone to UTIs because they have a shorter urethra, meaning harmful bacteria is able to reach the bladder easier.
A urinary tract infection affects all the parts of the body that urine passes through before being eliminated from the body (kidneys, bladder, urethra and ureters). In order to understand how UTIs affect your body (and ultimately how to prevent it), you must first know the purpose of each of these body parts:
Continue reading to learn about the symptoms, possible prevention and treatment of these painful infections, or talk to your well women care physician.
Sometimes you may experience a UTI even when you take all precautions necessary to avoid them. However, these tips can help reduce your risk of contracting a UTI:
Below are the most common symptoms a person may experience with a UTI. Some people may experience all of these symptoms, while others may only have one or none.
If you suspect that you have a UTI, see your doctor immediately. Most likely you will be prescribed an antibiotic to eliminate the bad bacteria from your body.Make certain to finish all of the medication even if you start feeling better.
Some doctors also suggest your drink lots of water and cranberry juice. If you are in a tremendous amount of pain, the doctor may prescribe pain medicine as well as recommend you use a heating pad to help alleviate the pain.
If you suspect you have a UTI or any other health issue, please don’t hesitate to contact the compassionate and knowledgeable well woman care doctors at All About Women in Gainesville and Lake City immediately for a checkup.
We are here for you and will help you along every step of your wellness journey!