A UTI is an infection in your urethra, ureters, bladder, or kidneys. While anyone  can have a UTI, they are far more commonly found in women than men, and tend  to affect the lower urinary tract most often.  

Which UTI symptoms should I watch out for? 

Contact the physicians at Eighth Avenue Obstetrics and Gynecology right away if  you experience one or more of the following UTI symptoms. 

  • Frequent urination
  • Urgent need to urinate 
  • Burning sensation when urinating 
  • Bloody urine 
  • Pus in your urine 
  • Lower abdominal pain 
  • Side pain 

Treatment for most UTIs involves oral antibiotics and medications. However, a  severe UTI may require intravenous (IV) antibiotics, so the sooner you see a doctor,  the better. 

How can I prevent a UTI? 

Some people are simply more prone to UTIs than others, but there are plenty of  ways to lower your risk of developing recurrent infections, such as: 

  • Drinking fluids
  • Avoiding caffeine and alcohol 
  • Urinating before and after sex 
  • Avoiding irritating products 
  • Using condoms 
  • Cleansing your genitals 
  • Wiping from front to back

If you think you have a UTI or are prone to getting them, Female Health Associates  of North Texas to schedule an appointment.