On average, you urinate between six and seven times a day, maybe more if you drink a lot of water. If you have a urinary tract infection (UTI), which causes a painful, burning sensation when you urinate, that’s a lot of pain to put up with during the day. UTIs are easily treated with medication; and the team at Capital Women’s Care in Rockville, Maryland, including Judith Gurdian, MD, Michelle Spector, MD, and Tanya Ghatan, MD, offers expert diagnosis and treatment. If you think you have a UTI, call or schedule an appointment online today.
A UTI is an infection that occurs anywhere in your urinary tract, including your urethra, bladder, ureters, or kidneys. In most cases, UTIs occur in your lower urinary tract (urethra and bladder).
While UTIs may not cause any noticeable signs, they may also cause symptoms, including:
UTIs are more common in women than men, which is due to your anatomy. The proximity of the female urethra to the anus as well as its shortness relative to the male makes it more likely for bacteria to enter a woman’s urinary tract. Also, the changes your body goes through during menopause can make you more vulnerable to UTIs.
UTIs develop when bacteria enter your urinary tract, usually through your urethra. If that bacteria isn’t flushed out when you urinate, it can take hold and become a full-blown infection. Bacteria can enter your urethra through sexual activity or from improper wiping techniques and hygiene.
If you’re experiencing UTI symptoms, make an appointment at Capital Women’s Care for effective diagnosis and treatment. Your doctor analyzes a urine sample to check for bacteria and other indicators.
If a UTI is the cause of your symptoms, they prescribe a medication to clear out the bacteria. Make sure to finish your prescription, even if your symptoms subside. They also advise you to drink plenty of water to help flush out your system.
Drinking plenty of water is one of the best things you can do to keep your urinary tract clear of bacteria and reduce your risk of infection. You should also always wipe from front to back. This pushes bacteria away from your urethra and reduces the risk of it entering your urethra.
It’s also important to urinate after sexual intercourse to flush out any bacteria. You should also avoid using feminine hygiene products like deodorant sprays and douches. These products, especially if they have fragrances, can irritate your urethra.
If you’re concerned about UTIs or if you experience a burning sensation when you urinate, call or book an appointment online today for expert care.