Apr 25, 2024

Causes of frequent UTIs- Understanding Reoccuring UTIs

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Frequent UTIs are extremely uncomfortable and when they are recurring, it can be very frustrating. Understanding the possible reasons for these repetitive UTIs are crucial for preventing them and living a pain-free life.

What is a UTI?

A UTI is a bacterial infection that primarily affects the urinary system. They’re typically caused by bacteria, most commonly Escherichia coli (E. coli), entering the urinary tract and leading to an infection. UTIs are not caused by yeast (fungus) but rather by bacteria.

Causes of Frequent UTIs

Incomplete UTI Treatment

One of the most common causes of recurring UTIs and frequent UTIs is not finishing the antibiotic prescribed. Although you may feel better within the first few days, there may be lingering bacteria in the urinary tract which may later cause another UTI. 

Sexual Activity

Sexual activity can alter the natural balance of your urinary tract. When there’s an imbalance of bacteria, this can increase your chances of a UTI. To prevent a UTI due to sexual intercourse, it is essential to urinate before and after. Using certain types of condoms can also prevent a UTI during sexual intercourse by blocking the transmission of bacteria into the vagina. Be aware that some spermicides and lubricants can cause irritation and those without lubricants can also cause irritation. 

Genetics

Unfortunately, some people may have a genetic predisposition to recurrent UTIs. The innate immune system serves as the body's first line of defense against microbial invaders, including bacteria responsible for UTIs. Genetic variations in genes involved in the innate immune response may influence an individual's ability to recognize and combat UTI-causing bacteria effectively.

Lifestyle Habits

Holding in your urine, not enough hydration, wearing tight or non-breathable clothing, and poor hygiene practices can all cause an overgrowth of bacteria in the urinary tract. Making changes to these lifestyle habits may help with avoiding recurrent UTIs.

If you are experiencing a UTI, Admired can help treat you quickly without hard-to-get doctor appointments and busy waiting rooms. Quickly pick up your prescription at your local pharmacy and get back to being you again. Start your free online UTI consultation today!

Thanks for reading,

Your Admired Team

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