Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Dr. Kallie Harrison, an OB/GYN, explains urinary tract infection symptoms, risk factors, and treatments.

What is a UTI?

Urinary tract infections are very common. They can be caused by multiple things. Hygiene is the biggest culprit. A lot of women aren't taught how to care for themselves correctly, so usually that's the biggest piece of education that we'll do. Also, there is an increased risk for developing infection if you're not going to the bathroom regularly and you're holding your urine in. Intercourse is a big risk factor, so making sure that you have good hygiene after intercourse is important. A urinary tract infection is essentially just where bacteria has colonized either the bladder or the urethra, the tube that empties the bladder. UTIs are really easy to treat, but they are pretty uncomfortable.

What are the symptoms of a UTI and how is it treated?

Signs and symptoms would be burning with urination or frequency of urination. Sometimes you might see blood in the urine. If you see any of those things and are having those symptoms, don't hesitate to call your healthcare provider. UTIs are usually treated pretty easily with antibiotics.