UTI Do’s and Don’ts

Every woman who has had a urinary tract infection (UTI) knows they are no fun. They cause painful urination, pelvic pain, and frequent trips to the bathroom (even if there’s nothing left to urinate).

They can also be dangerous. If the bacteria from a UTI travel from the urinary tract to the kidneys, the infection may enter the bloodstream. That’s why it’s so important for women to get rid of the harmful bacteria causing the infection as soon as they notice UTI symptoms.

Luckily, following these simple “do’s and don’ts” may quickly and safely get them feeling better in no time. Here is what you should do and what you shouldn’t:

What is a Urinary Tract Infection?

A urinary tract infection refers to a condition that affects any portion of a person’s urinary tract, such as the kidneys, urethra, or bladder. It typically affects women more often than men. This is because women’s urethra is shorter than men’s, making it easier for bacteria to travel up to the tract.

Typically, any changes in hormonal levels will affect the urinary tract. Some of these changes may include:

– Having a new sexual partner
– Having their period
– Pregnancy
– Certain types of birth control, such as spermicide or wearing a diaphragm
– Menopause

A woman is also susceptible to contracting a UTI when bacteria is spread by improper wiping after a bowel movement (back to front), or by transferring bacteria from the anus to the vagina through sexual intercourse.

5 Symptoms of a UTI

The signs of a urinary tract infection are very hard to miss:

– A persistent urge to pee
– A burning sensation when urinating
– Foul-smelling and/or cloudy urine
– Sometimes passing only a couple of drops of urine despite a feeling of urgency to pee
– Pelvic pain

5 Things to Do When You Have A UTI

1. Do Drink Lots of Water. Drinking water is one of the best ways to help your body to get rid of your UTI. Keep hydrated with at least six to eight glasses of water a day to flush out the bacteria in your urethra.

2. Do Take a Cranberry Supplement. Cranberry has been proven to help with UTIs. Either a cranberry supplement or cranberry juice is effective in curing and preventing UTIs. However, if you go with the juice, make sure you get the bottle marked “100% Juice.” Any added sugar can worsen your symptoms.

3. Do Empty Your Bladder. If you have to pee, then pee! Even if it is only a small amount, every time you urinate bacteria is flushed out.

4. Do Load Up on Probiotics. Beat the bad bacteria with good bacteria! Probiotics will help fight off the infection by getting rid of the bad bacteria and replacing it with your body’s natural, healthy bacteria. Yogurt is a natural source of probiotics, so it’s essential to eat it when dealing with a UTI.

5. Do See Your Physician. While natural home remedies can help, seeing a physician is the best way to deal with your UTI. Antibiotics will wipe out the infection before it spreads to other parts of your body, like your kidneys.

If You Have a UTI, Consult A Doctor
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4 Things NOT to Do When You Have A UTI

1. Do NOT Have Sexual Intercourse. You don’t want to have sex after your UTI for at least two weeks until your symptoms have cleared up. Intercourse can worsen your symptoms and possibly make your infection worse. Sex during a UTI could also be uncomfortable or painful.

2. Do NOT Drink Alcohol. While you should get plenty of fluids, you need to stay away from alcohol. Alcoholic drinks can irritate the bladder and worsen the infection.

3. Do NOT Eat Artificial Sweetener. Even when you don’t have a UTI, you should avoid artificial sweeteners. They can intensify your bladder symptoms.

4. Do NOT Drink Caffeine. You may think that you can’t get by without your cup of morning Joe. However, it may be beneficial to skip it while you’re suffering from a UTI. It has been found that those who drink caffeine regularly have more severe UTI symptoms. This is because caffeine has been shown to irritate the bladder.

You Don’t Have to Suffer From a UTI, Contact OB-GYN for Gynecological Care

There is no need to suffer from a UTI. Call OB-GYN Women’s Centre today. Our caring healthcare professionals offer the very best gynecological care in the Lakewood Ranch area. Schedule an appointment here or call (941) 254-2717.