Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) in Women
Women who experience Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs), an infection in any part of the urinary system but most often in the bladder and urethra, know the symptoms of painful burning, urge, and pelvic discomfort associated with them.
While occasional UTIs are common in women (1 in 5 women will experience a UTI at some point) and can be treated with a dose of antibiotics, frequent infections should be discussed with your urologist.
Urinary Tract Infections of the kidney are less common but potentially more serious and always require a medical office visit.
Treating Recurrent UTIs
Your doctor will start with a medical workup to ensure nothing in the underlying urinary tract is causing infection, and may also order diagnostic tests such as an ultrasound, CT scan, or cystoscopy.
- UTIs in younger women are typically associated with sexual intercourse. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to take before and after intercourse to prevent recurring infection
- For post-menopausal women, estrogen-based vaginal creams can help alleviate hormonal changes and vaginal dryness that can lead to frequent UTIs
- Natural remedies such as vitamin C can be taken to acidify urine and help kill bacteria that cause UTIs