Have you ever had a urinary track infection? Do you even know what it is? Let me explain it to you: a urinary tract infection (also known as a UTI) is when your urinary tract gets infected, hence the name. Obvious enough! But what else is going on? The urinary tract is a system of your body that works with other organs to remove liquid waste from your body, AKA your pee. A UTI happens when the tract gets infected with bacteria (which can happen from so many different things), and it’s actually very common: one in five females will get a UTI in her lifetime. If you’ve ever had one or know somebody who has had one you will know that it is not pleasant. The worst part is that some women are just more vulnerable to UTIs and can get them often, even if you take precautions. It can be scary!
Here is some positive news: UTIs are totally treatable, and can go away quickly if you pay attention and catch them early. Sure, there are some gross things about getting a UTI, but you can’t just ignore this stuff. It’s important to know the details about it so that if you experience the symptoms, you can get checked out ASAP. Obviously, I’m not a doctor, so if you have any questions don’t be afraid to ask a medical professional! In the meantime, it’s a good idea to check out these facts about urinary tract infections so that if you ever get one, you can hopefully recognize it and treat it before it gets worse.
Most People Get A UTI From SexUnfortunately, unplanned pregnancy and STDs are not the only thing you can get from sex. UTIs are more common in sexually active females than those who are not sexually active, because bacteria can get inside you while you're having sex. Doctors suggest that peeing after sex can help get all of the nasty bacteria out of your system. It might kill the mood to be running to the bathroom right after sex, but it's better than getting a UTI. Image Source: iStock
It Can Make Your Urine Dark Or BloodyIt's one thing when your urine is dark yellow, that just means you are super dehydrated. But sometimes if you have a UTI, there can be blood in your urine. Scary! Be sure to seek medical help if that happens, because it could be a sign that the infection has gotten really bad. Image Source: iStock
It Will BurnOne of the most common and annoying symptoms of a UTI is the burning feeling when you go to the bathroom. This can be annoying and stick around until the UTI is gone. A good way to reduce the burning and help the UTI is to drink a lot of fluids. Some doctors even suggest drinking cranberry juice can help. Image Source: iStock
It Can Make Your Urine Smell BadAlong with weird coloring, getting a UTI can make your urine smell really bad. Granted, there are actually a lot of things that can make your pee smell bad, like certain foods, but if you notice some weird smells or color in your urine, it might not be a good sign. Image Source: iStock
You Can Get A UTI From SwimmingIt's no surprise that swimming in unclean water is bad for you, but it can also cause a UTI. A good way to try and prevent bacteria from getting in your body is to clean yourself before and after entering a public pool, and change out of your suit as soon as possible. Image Source: iStock
Some STD's Can Cause A UTIAs if STD's weren't awful enough, certain ones, like chlamydia, can also cause a urinary tract infection. A UTI isn't contagious, but if it was caused by a sexually transmitted disease, it's important to get tested and talk to your partner. Image Source: iStock
You Will Feel The Urge To Go To The Bathroom, Even If You Don't Have ToBodies can be tricky. A UTI can make it feel like you have to go to the bathroom, even when you don't have too. This is because part of a UTI is an infection in the bladder, which can make you feel like your bladder is full, even when it's not. Image Source: iStock
Have you even had a UTI? What did you think of these facts? Tell us in the comments!