Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
Women who experience frequent urinary tract infections (UTIs), an infection in any part of the urinary system but most often in the bladder and urethra, know the discomfort of the painful burning, urge and pelvic discomfort associated with them.
While occasional UTIs are not uncommon in women and can be treated with a dose of antibiotics, frequent infections should be discussed with your urologist.
Treating recurring UTIs
Your doctor will start with a medical work up to ensure nothing in the bladder is causing infection, and may also order diagnostic tests such as an ultrasound, CT scan, cystoscopy or a urine culture.
- UTIs in younger women are typically associated with sexual intercourse. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to take before and after intercourse to prevent recurring infection
- For post-menopausal women, estrogen-based vaginal creams can help alleviate hormonal changes and vaginal dryness that can lead to frequent UTIs
- Natural remedies such as vitamin C can be taken to acidify urine and help kill bacteria that cause UTIs