The Women's Group
OBGYNs located in Pensacola, FL
Half of all women experience at least one urinary tract infection (UTI) during their lifetime. If you’re among them and living in the greater Pensacola, Florida area, the team of healthcare professionals at The Women’s Group can provide quick and effective treatment.
Urinary Tract Infection Q & A
What is a urinary tract infection?
A urinary tract infection (UTI) occurs when microorganisms, usually bacteria, enter the urinary tract. This can occur in a number of ways. Bacteria near the vagina can get into the urethra as a result of poor hygiene, such as wiping from back to front. It can also enter during sex from contact with the penis or fingers, or through inserting a diaphragm. Postmenopausal women are at an increased risk for UTIs. Their diminished levels of hormones reduce a normal defenses against the growth of harmful bacteria in the urethra.
What are common symptoms of a urinary tract infection?
If you experience symptoms of a possible UTI (listed below) don’t wait to seek medical intervention. Only a urinalysis or urine culture can confirm a UTI, which when left untreated can lead to more serious problems, such as a kidney infection.
Common symptoms of a UTI are:
- A strong and constant urge to urinate
- A burning sensation while urinating
- Passing frequent, small amounts of urine
- Cloudy urine
- Urine that is red, pink or cola-colored, an indication of blood in the urine
- Strong-smelling urine
- Pelvic pain
- Mid-back pain, which can be a sign of a possible kidney infection.
- Fever and chills
How are urinary tract infections treated?
Once a UTI diagnosis is confirmed, antibiotics are prescribed. Most of the time antibiotics are all that is required to eradicate UTIs quickly.
How can urinary tract infections be prevented?
There are a number of preventative measures women can take to reduce the likelihood of developing a UTI. These are:
- Drink lots of liquids, especially water
- Wipe from front to back
- Don’t use feminine deodorant sprays, douches, powders or other products in the genital area, that can irritate the urethra.
- Women prone to UTIs should consider using other contraception than a diaphragm or unlubricated or spermicide-treated condoms
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