UTI stands for “urinary tract infection,” which means it’s a bacterial infection of your urinary tract (the part that you pee out of). In our book, though, it may as well stand for “ugh, torture, impossible” because of just how awful a UTI can make you feel.
But what can you do to fix a UTI . . . or better yet, how can you just not get one in the first place? We’ve got you covered with all the facts about UTIs:
* Most UTIs are caused by E.Coli, a bacteria that’s usually found in your gastrointestinal tract (i.e. your rear), getting all up in your urinary tract.
* Having sex can bring on a UTI, but so can holding your pee for too long. So if you need to go, GO!
* Girls are way more likely to get UTIs than guys, because the places where we poo and pee are way closer together than on dudes.
* You’ll know you’ve got a UTI if it feels like you have to pee all the time, but then not very much comes out–and it burns when you pee.
* Sometimes when you have a UTI, blood can show up in your urine.
* Cranberry juice is one of the most commonly used remedies for a UTI, and although it’s not scientifically proven to cure these infections, studies show that drinking it does help.
* Your best bet, if you’ve got a UTI, is to call your doctor right away. She may have you come in to see her, or she may just prescribe antibiotics over the phone. Most UTIs can be cleared up in a day or two with antibiotics.
* When you’ve got a UTI, avoid coffee, tea, or soda with caffeine. Those will only make your symptoms worse. Ouch!
* To avoid getting a UTI in the first place, do not wait to go to the bathroom when you need to go, always pee right after having sex, wipe from front to back when you go to the bathroom, never douche, and drink plenty of water to help your body keep flushing any dangerous bacteria from your system.
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Have you ever had a UTI? Do you have any tips for dealing with one? Tell us in the comments!