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3 Tips to Prevent a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Author: Stephine Kramer, M.D., Board Certified-Diplomate

At East Valley Women’s Medical Group, we see women in Mesa, Tempe and Gilbert who are affected by urinary tract infections. UTIs are very common – especially in younger sexually active women. It is estimated that one in three women under the age of 24 will develop a UTI.

Who is at risk for having a UTI?

Among females, UTIs are more common in prepubescents, young women, those with abnormal urinary tracts, and women with compromised immune systems. It’s estimated that as many as 40 percent of all women will have at least one episode of symptomatic urinary tract infection in their lifetime. Many women have recurrent episodes. If you do develop a UTI, let your gynecologist know. Treatment for uncomplicated infections can be simple once you see your doctor.

Do I have a urinary tract infection?

Only a physician can properly diagnose a UTI. The symptoms can vary, depending on the location of the infection in the urinary tract, but may include:

  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Burning sensation when urinating
  • Pelvic pain
  • Urine discolored by blood
  • Cloudy urine

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, call your physician’s office for advice. You may be told to come in for an appointment with your gynecologist.

3 Tips for UTI Prevention

As a patient, there are several things you can do for yourself to proactively prevent urinary tract infections. Women who have had one UTI may be at an increased risk for another. So, if you’ve already been treated for one UTI, be extra sure to follow these guidelines:

  1. Stay hydrated. To state the obvious – the more you drink, the more you’ll need to urinate. While being hydrated has many health benefits, it is especially beneficial for UTI prevention. Urinating more frequently ensures your bladder flushes out any bacteria that could cause infection.
  2. After intercourse… drink a glass of water to help flush out any bacteria that may have gotten into the urinary tract.
  3. Always wipe front to back to prevent bacteria from the anal region spreading to the urinary tract.

See a GYN Near You for UTI Treatment

Are you experiencing symptoms of urinary tract infection? If so, schedule an appointment with a gynecologist near you for treatment. Gynecologists with East Valley Women’s Medical Group offer treatment in our Mesa, Tempe and Gilbert, AZ locations. You can schedule your appointment online, or by calling an office near you.
Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.



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