Every year, nearly 10 million people will visit the doctor for urinary tract infections (UTIs). While often affecting the bladder, UTIs can affect any part of the urinary tract, and cause painful symptoms including abdominal pain, burning while urinating, and frequent urination. Dr. Kompal Gadh of the Advanced OBGYN Institute, with clinics in Weston and Pembroke Pines, Florida, have expert insight into the female physiology and how that makes UTIs more common. The doctors can provide relief to women who are suffering from this common condition.
Urinary tract infections are infections of any part of the urinary tract, including:
It can cause pelvic pain, burning while urinating, frequent urination, and fever.
Bacteria are the primary causes of UTIs, and escherichia coli (E. coli) is the most common bacteria that contributes to UTIs in both men and women. Diabetes and catheter use can increase an individual's risk of developing a UTI, and in women improper hygiene that introduces bacteria into the urinary system is another possible risk factor.
Both men and women can get UTIs, but the shorter urethra in women allows bacteria to reach the bladder quicker, where it is more likely to develop an infection. Also, the urethral opening in women is closer to the anus than in men, and is also close to vagina, and these introduce bacteria to the urinary system more easily.
Patients who suspect they have a UTI or have UTI symptoms need to make an appointment with the Advanced OBGYN Institute right away, preferably within the first 24 hours of noticing symptoms. A quick urine test can detect the bacteria and provide guidance for treatment. If left untreated, a UTI can lead to kidney damage, or infertility problems, which is why prompt treatment is necessary.
Sex can trigger UTI infections because it can introduce bacteria into the urethra. The use of condoms, diaphragms, and spermicides can increase this risk even further. Some ways to prevent this risk while still enjoying a healthy and active sex life include:
UTIs are treated with antibiotic medication to kill the bacteria. After the infection is gone, Dr. Gadh will help patients learn how to prevent future infections through proper hygiene practices. Women who suspect they may have a UTI need to schedule an appointment with the Advanced OBGYN Institute to get tested and treated.
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