A urinary tract infection is an infection occurring in any part of the urinary system. This includes the bladder, kidneys, ureters, and urethra (the 'pee' tubes) These infections occur more frequently in women than men.
The majority of infections are caused by bacteria, specifically E. coli.
Sometimes signs of a Urinary Tract Infection can be so minor that we may choose to ignore them until they get overbearing.
Some signs on a Urinary Tract Infection include:
-Burning sensation or pain during urination
-Strong or bad smell of urine
-strong and frequent urge to urinate
-cloudy or bloody urine
-nausea and vomiting
How can you prevent getting a UTI?
There are several measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of developing a UTI:
1) Drink lots of water
2) Avoid fluids excessive amounts of alcohol and caffeine. These drinks can cause irritation of the bladder
3) Wipe from front to back after urinating and bowel movement
4) Ensure to keep your genitals clean and around the urethra dry
5) Shower often
6) Use sanitary pads or menstrual cups rather than to tampons.
7) Always urinate after sex
8) Avoid using a diaphragm or spermicide for birth control
9) Avoid using oils or strong scented soaps or perfumes around the genital area
10) Wear loose-fitting clothing and preferably cotton underwear or boxers