a UTI is also known as a Urinary Tract Infection and can be very uncomfortable! This is an infection that attacks your bladder and reproductive systems. There are two kinds of UTIs, Cystitis, and Urethritis.
Cystitis: is an inflammation of the bladder, which means the inner lining of your bladder becomes irritated, red or, swollen. Cystitis doesn’t always come from an infection. It could come from certain medicines or hygiene products. Cystitis can affect anyone, but it occurs most often in women.
Urethritis: is inflammation of a person’s urethra. A urethra is a tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of your body. Pain, when you urinate, is the main symptom of Urethritis. This is commonly due to infection by certain bacterias. not to worry it is usually easy to cure with antibiotics.
If left untreated both of these illnesses can lead to more severe ailments such kidney infections which in return can cause sepsis which is life-threatening. No need to worry though because UTI’s aren’t something that is uncommon in the medical world, usually most people who have a UTI just take antibiotics. We will go through a few of the questions most doctors get asked on a daily basis about UTIs. It is always best to do prior research before your doctor’s appointment.
Can Having A lot Of UTIs Be Inherited?
For the most part, your genetics do not have anything to do with you constantly getting UTIs. There is a lot of reasons why YOU DO get UTIs but genes have nothing to do with it. Usually, factors like poor hygiene and sex are major contributors to getting an infection. Remember the reason why you get a urinary tract infection is because bacteria hitch a ride into your urethra and get into your bladder.
How Can You Prevent UTIs?
There are many things you can do to say goodbye to that burning sensation UTIs cause. Most of these changes you can start today such as drinking plenty of water and peeing often. This is the simplest way to prevent a UTI because it flushes bacteria out of the bladder before it can make its way into the kidneys. I know this might sound weird but you can also wipe from front to back. YES, this helps because bacteria tend to hang around the anus area. If you wipe from front to back, bacteria are less likely to make it to the urethra. You can also consider the following.
- Wash up before sex and urinate after it.
- Steer clear of irritating feminine products. (women)
- Rethink your birth control. (women)
- Wear cotton underwear
- avoid skinny jeans
How Do Doctors Diagnose Urinary tract infections?
Usually, a doctor will administer a hand full of tests to make sure what exactly is going on. For example, your doctor might want to take a urine sample. When someone has a urinary tract infection, their urine is full of red blood cells AND bacteria. After that, a lab analysis of the urine is then administrated. Basically, they grow the bacteria to see what is causing your infection and which medications will be most effective. There is also another test a doctor might administer but it is not very common. Basically, they use a little scope to see inside your bladder. I know this sounds extremely uncomfortable but they only perform this test when someone has a recurring UTIs.
What Factors Increase Your Risk Of Receiving UTIs?
Men can also receive a UTI but it is extremely rare, It is usually women who get urinary tract infections. In women, the risk of UTIs increases with sexual activity and age. Post-menopausal women may experience changes in hormone production, particularly estrogen, which can alter “vaginal flora”, which are good organisms that fill the vagina and act of a form of defense against bacteria. Kidney stones can also cause UTIs (as if kidney stones weren’t enough pain to deal with) The elderly are also susceptible to getting an infection because of their slow bladder flow and low bladder control. Disorders such as diabetes that alter or weaken the immune system raise the risk of UTIs as well.
Do Pregnant Women Get UTIs Often?
Urinary tract infections are actually quite common among pregnant women because the growing fetus puts pressure on the bladder, this in return traps the bacteria and causes urine to leak out of the urethra. Since a woman experiences ureteral dilation, which means the urethra expands the urinary tract becomes larger. make matters worse, a pregnant woman’s urine gets more concentrated. To make things worse, a pregnant woman’s urine becomes thicker and more concentrated. It also has certain types of hormones and sugar. These can encourage bacterial growth and lower your body’s ability to fight off “bad” bacteria trying to get in.
How Does Sex Affect The Urinary Tract?
Sex is one of the most common causes of UTIs in women. This is because sexual intercourse introduces bacteria into a woman’s urinary tract through contact. During sex, the urethra comes into contact with the bacteria from the genitals, allowing them to enter the urethra causing an infection. In fact, almost 80 percent of premenopausal women with a UTI have had sex within the previous 24 hours. It is crazy to think any time a woman has sex, she’s coming into contact with bacteria and putting herself at risk for a UTI. A woman is most prone to getting an infection when she loses her virginity, has sex with a partner for the first time OR if she has frequent sex with multiple partners.
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A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection in any part of your urinary system — your kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Most infections involve the lower urinary tract — the bladder and the urethra.
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