It isn’t uncommon for women, once they get one urinary tract infection (UTI), to get another one again in their lifetime. In fact, there are plenty of women who end up dealing with recurrent UTIs. A UTI can be extremely uncomfortable and like any infection in the body should be taken seriously.

 If you are someone who has experienced recurrent UTIs we know you may be at your wit’s end trying to manage the symptoms and figure out why you may be experiencing these infections again and again. 

Symptoms of a UTI

UTI symptoms will affect everyone differently. And yes, men can get a UTI too. It just is more common in women due to a shorter distance from the urethra to the bladder. 

Symptoms of a UTI include the following:

  • A strong, persistent urge to urinate
  • A burning sensation when urinating
  • Passing frequent, small amounts of urine
  • Urine that appears cloudy
  • Blood in the urine
  • Strong-smelling urine
  • Pelvic pain, in women 

Common Causes of Recurrent UTIs

If you are someone who seems to be experiencing these symptoms over and over again we know how frustrating and uncomfortable it can be. Your best bet for treatment of recurrent UTIs is going to be to visit a urology specialist in Dayton, Ohio. 

There are also some common causes that you could evaluate your life for and make changes accordingly.

Bathroom Habits

As we briefly mentioned above. Women are more prone to UTIs because the urethra is short which means the urethra and bladder are closely connected. This makes it easier for bacteria to spread to create a UTI. 

One key way to prevent a UTI is to be sure you are wiping from the front to the back in the bathroom. This helps prevent wiping bacteria from the anus and vagina to the urethra. 

Sexual Activity

Bacteria are easily spread through sexual activity. For this reason, it is commonly suggested women go to the bathroom after any sexual activity to help clear the area of bacteria. This can be effective in helping prevent UTIs. 

Good hygiene before and after sexual activity is also important. Thoroughly wash and clean your intimate areas and anything else that may come in contact. 

Related Health Issues

Experiencing chronic illness or having a suppressed immune system makes you more prone to infection which can include UTIs. Talk with your doctor about managing your specific risks if this applies to you. 

Anatomy or Genetics

As we said, the anatomy of a woman makes them much more likely to experience UTIs. Additionally, some women have cells that are naturally more receptive to bacteria, meaning the bacteria are less likely to be flushed out by your natural body functions. 

Seeking Treatment for a UTI From a Urology Specialist

Our team of urologists at Urology Specialist of Ohio are experts in anything having to do with the urinary tract. This means we are experts in helping you find the cause and treatment for your recurring UTIs. You don’t need to suffer from the uncomfortable symptoms of a UTI over and over again. Make an appointment today.