First thing’s first, Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are not sexually transmitted infections. However, one cause why you could catch this type of infection is a result of not cleaning up well after sexual intercourse. Even so, UTIs are the absolute worst – you feel like you have to pee often and when you do go to the bathroom, you are only able to pee out just small amounts of urine at a time accompanied with a burning sensation. Ouch! Even though UTIs are easy to treat by using antibiotics prescribed by your doctor, some women find that these infections keep reoccurring even after taking these treatments. So if you are one of those women who keep getting UTIs, read on to find out the causes and how you can deal with this:
Because you are a woman
Because of how women’ anatomy is, we are more likely to keep getting UTIs as compared to men. A woman’s urethra is shorter than a man’s and closer to the anus. The urethra is also close to the vagina, which can collect bacteria during sex. So bacteria from both the anus and vagina have easy access to a woman’s urinary tract. To prevent UTIs from reoccurring, it’s best to observe a lot of hygiene especially if you are sexually active. This means peeing and cleaning your vagina well after sex.
Post-menopausal women are also at higher risk because pH changes in the vagina make it more susceptible to infection.
Both men and women are more likely to get UTIs as they age. Certain medical conditions, such as bladder prolapse in women and enlarged prostate in men, cause incomplete bladder emptying in older adults. Urine that stays in the bladder too long can encourage bacteria to grow.
You don’t finish your medication
Another major reason why your UTIs may keep reoccurring may be due to the fact that you never finish up your medication as prescribed by your doctor. Sometimes when you start to feel better you may decide to stop taking the antibiotics — contrary to the doctor’s instructions — and another infection soon follows.
But even people who take medication as the doctor prescribes may get recurrent infections. If you’re a younger woman who is sexually active, your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic to take before and after sexual activity. For post-menopausal women, a vaginal estrogen cream may help reduce infections.
Some newer diabetic drugs can also promote sugar in the urine and create conditions ideal for a UTI.
You’re approaching menopause
If you are approaching or going through menopause, you may notice that you keep getting UTIs despite observing sexual hygiene and finishing up your medication. Well, it’s not your fault but just your body letting you down. According to doctors, menopausal women are at higher risk because pH changes in the vagina make it more susceptible to infections. Additionally, certain medical conditions such as bladder prolapse in women cause incomplete bladder emptying in older adults. Urine that stays in the bladder too long can encourage bacteria to grow.