Don't let UTI cause you health issues. Know if you have it and get treatment right away.
Did you know that, according to the Urology Care Foundation, about 60% of women experience UTI at least once in their life? But what is UTI and what causes it? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UTIs are infections that commonly occur when bacteria, usually from the skin or the rectum, enter the urethra and go up the bladder. Sounds icky, but unfortunately, this is something that may happen to anyone anytime, especially women, because of the shorter urethra compared to male's. This means bacteria can easily and quickly reach the bladder and create an infection, says the Mayo Clinic.
But don't worry girls, UTI is common and easily treatable with prescribed medicine. Kidney infections may happen but only in some extreme cases. You need to look out for yourself and recognize if you have UTI or not. We're here to help you girls, here are some signs and symptoms to watch out for.
How often do you pee?
Do you visit the restroom often? Do you just drink a bit of water and already feel the need to pee? Or do you still feel the need to pee even if you know your bladder is empty? If you answered yes to any of these, it's a sign that there's something wrong. Strong, persistent urge to pee and frequent urination are signs of UTI.
What is the color of your pee?
When you have UTI, the lining of your bladder and urethra are irritated, like your throat is when you have coughs and cold. Blood due to the irritation may mix with your urine, which would make your pee look like it’s reddish, bright pink, or cola-colored. It may even look cloudy.
Does peeing hurt?
If you’re experiencing any sort of pain while urinating, you may have UTI. Because the lining of your bladder and urethra are irritated, you may experience pain when you pee. This often manifests as a burning, painful sensation.
Do you have cramps?
You’re not on your period, but you’re experiencing cramps? That might be another sign of UTI. The irritation in your bladder can cause pain in the center of the pelvis and around the area of the pubic bone — that’s around your lower abdomen area and your lower back.
If you experience most of these symptoms, you should head to your doctor and get yourself checked. And because it's not an uncommon experience, chances are, your mom already knows what to do.
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