Urinary tract infections or UTI’s are a very common occurrence in women. They can be very troublesome and can be a source of further complications. It has been seen that UTI’s can also lead to infection of the bladder, urethra and also cause kidney damage. These infections may become full-blown before you see any symptoms. The better option is to prevent rather than treat.
Symptoms that you should not ignore
There are many telltale signs that you must be on the lookout for and must treat immediately on manifestation.
- You always feel like you want to pee, although you have just emptied your bladder a short while ago. You pass minuscule amounts of urine very frequently.
- There is a burning feeling when you urinate, which often is painful.
- There is an accompanied pelvic pain that is concentrated in the centre of the pelvis and across the pubic bone area.
- You might find that the urine is cloudy.
- There is a strong smell to the urine which is not the usual odour.
- There might be a pinkish tint to the urine which is suggestive of blood cells present in the urine. This could be very significant and the patient should be checked thoroughly for underlying sinister causes.
Any symptoms that develop that point to a UTI should be immediately checked by a doctor before it spreads and creates bigger problems like cystitis and urethritis. They are eminently treatable with the right antibiotics.
How can we avoid UTI’s (Urinary Tract Infection)?
There are many precautions we can take to ensure that we do not fall prey to a painful UTI.
- Drink plenty of water and fluids. The more you drink the lesser the chances of bacterial infections.
- Do not hold your pee. If you find public toilets unhygienic use Peebuddy, a disposable portable female urination device which allows you to pee while standing up. This device is also helpful if you are unable to squat on a toilet due to joint or nerve pain.
- Infections generally occur when the pH balance of the body is upset, or the body is unable to keep bacteria that infest the Urinary tract at bay. It is wise to use intimate wipes to keep yourself clean and dry.
- It is a good idea to pee within half an hour of having sex. A woman’s anus and vagina are close together and the motion of the sexual act can transmit Bacteria that can cause UTI to the urethra in the process.
- The Vaginal environment must be alkaline to deter UTI’s.
- Do ensure good bowel habits as constipation may prevent the bladder from emptying fully, causing malicious bacteria to thrive.
Eat plenty of probiotics like yoghurt, drink plenty of water and eat fresh fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruits. Staying hydrated is the key to a healthy bladder. Use feminine care products like tampons which are of good quality. The most important advice that women can follow is to pee whenever the urge strikes you, using disposable portable female urination devices to ensure safety. Look out for our next blog which will warn you about the germs that can assault you while peeing in a public toilet!