Many of us are all too familiar with the particular burning sensation of a urinary tract infection (UTI). Saying UTIs are not very pleasant to deal with is an understatement. But, they happen, so what’s a gal to do?
I used to think urinary tract infections were inevitable: a romp in the begonias while dehydrated, an overly amorous vacation, or sometimes just because, and voila! A urinary tract infection, a trip to the doctor, and a round of antibiotics.
But, the truth is that UTIs don’t need to be part of your experience as a woman. Afterall, something that has the potential to infect and damage your kidneys shouldn’t be considered “normal,” right?
What is a urinary tract infection (UTI) and what causes it, anyway?
UTIs occur when bacteria infects the bladder, typically resulting in a burning sensation and a frequent urge to urinate. Intercourse can increase the likelihood of a UTI by introducing additional bacteria to the area. Being dehydrated can also contribute to a UTI as your body is less capable of flushing out the bad bacteria. Women who have experienced one UTI are more likely to have another. Having a compromised immune system or weak microbiome, in which your natural bacteria are not diverse, or “bad bugs” outnumber the good ones, also makes you much more prone to infection.