Garden State Women's Center
OBGYNs located in Hackensack, NJ
At some point in your life, you may experience a urinary tract infection, or UTI. While the symptoms can be unpleasant, getting treatment right away may clear up your infection quickly. If you’re experiencing painful urination or difficulty urinating despite an intense urge and you live in or near Hackensack, New Jersey, call Garden State Women’s Center or book an appointment online to get treatment right away.
What is a UTI?
A urinary tract infection, also known as a bladder infection, is a bacterial infection that occurs in your urinary system, which includes your bladder, kidneys, ureter, and urethra.
For women, UTIs are very common and, although serious, easily treated.
Why do I get so many UTIs?
UTIs affect both men and women, but women are 30 times more likely to get the infection than men due to a shorter urethra.
The location of the opening of the urethra, close to the anus, also increases women’s risk of infection. Most UTIs are caused by bacteria from your bowel.
You may also get more UTIs if:
- You’re pregnant
- Sexually active
- Use a diaphragm or spermicide
- Have diabetes
- Are menopausal
What are the symptoms of UTIs?
Common UTI symptoms include:
- Painful or burning urination
- Intense urge to urinate but unable to go
- Body aches, fever, or weakness
- Smelly or cloudy urine
- Pressure in your lower abdomen
If you’re experiencing UTI symptoms, call Garden State Women’s Center right away to get a urine test and a formal diagnosis.
How do you treat UTIs?
The medical professionals at Garden State Women’s Center treat UTIs with prescription antibiotics. The type of antibiotic the doctor prescribes depends on the type of bacteria that caused the infection and your medical history.
In addition to taking your antibiotic as prescribed, you need to drink plenty of water and urinate every time you feel the urge to help flush out the infection.
How do I prevent UTIs?
One UTI may be all you need to encourage you to take steps to prevent a recurrence.
To reduce your risk of developing a UTI:
- Urinate when you feel the urge
- Wipe from front to back
- Drink eight cups of water daily
- Take showers instead of baths
- Wear underpants with a cotton crotch
- Urinate after having sex
Although the research is mixed, adding pure cranberry juice to your daily regimen may also help keep bacteria away.
If you’re experiencing symptoms that might indicate you have a UTI, call the office or book an appointment online to get treatment started.