Let’s Talk About UTI’s

By Eva

Ah, yes, the dreadful UTI. That burning sensation, frequent urination and pelvic pain is far too common amongst women.  Up to 50% of women will experience this in their lifetime, putting us at a much greater risk than men – mostly due to our shorter urethras.

If you don’t know, a urinary tract infection is caused by bacteria that crawls up into the bladder through the urethra. As a result you feel a stinging sensation during and after urination that can be super painful.

The majority of UTI’s are caused by E.coli from the GI tract. In addition to female anatomy making, there are certain habits that increases the risk of contracting the infection.

After going to the bathroom, it’s recommended to wipe from front to back after going to the toilet to prevent the spread of bacteria from the anus. Also, holding your pee for too long increases your risk for contracting a UTI because this prolongs the time bacteria is stored in your bladder. During intercourse, the penis presses against the vaginal wall potentially causing bacteria to enter into the urethral opening area. It is therefore common for a UTI to occur after intercourse. Remember to always pee after intercourse!

When you first have symptoms of pelvic pain and a burning sensation when you urinate here are some tips:

  • Chug some water – In order to dilute the urine and clear out the bacteria in the bladder it is important to drink a lot of water.
  • Pee often – try to pee as much as possible and make sure you empty out your bladder completely
  • Go to your doctor – Don’t wait to get medical treatment and getting prescribed an antibiotic to cure the infection.
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