Do You Know What Causes A UTI?

Claudia Wood

I think we can all agree that getting a Urinary Tract Infection (or UTI for short) is on of the most annoying things that can happen down there, along with thrush, of course, if we’re going to be talking about day ruiners. That feeling of having to pee constantly, when you literally just went to the bathroom and that burning feeling when you do urinate is uncomfortable to say the least.

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A UTI is an infection of the urinary system which may occur in the kidneys, bladder, urethra or a combination of all three. But do you actually know what causes a UTI? The most common bacteria that infects us is E.coli, which is found in our gut, and thus our faeces.

Us women are more susceptible to UTIs than our male counterparts, purely because of biology. Having a small urethra means bacteria doesn’t have to travel far to make its way into our bladder and since our urethra is located so close to the anus, there is a larger chance of bacteria tunnelling its way up.

If you haven’t had a UTI before, or even if you have, watch out for symptoms like burning when you urinate, foul smelling urine, a frequent and intense urge to urinate even if nothing comes out and feeling tired or shaky. If you start to suffer from a fever or chills, you know the infection has reached your kidneys.

Having to pee multiple times per day usually is annoying enough without feeling like you have to go even more, so prevention is obviously better than a cure. You should avoid holding in your urine for hours at a time as this can cause the growth of bacteria. Emptying your bladder frequently is very important.

One of the biggest reasons that women get UTIs is from wiping in the wrong direction when they urinate. We should always be wiping from front to back to ensure that we are not taking bacteria from our back passage and wiping it directly onto our urethra.

Urinating shortly after sex is also recommended to flush out any bacteria that may have made its way into your urethra during the act. Drinking lots of water to flush out your system not only keeps you hydrated, but it helps to keep your urethra healthy while wearing cotton underwear instead of nylon to let your lady parts breathe and stop the growth of bacteria.

While going to the doctor and grabbing a round of antibiotics is the best option for a UTI, you can also help yourself out if you can feel one coming on. Cranberries are often a home remedy for UTIs and while there isn’t much research to back it up, taking cranberry tablets may help out your urinary tract. Drinking plenty of water is also a great way to flush out any nasty bacteria that is trying to affect your life.

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