UTIs explained from causes to preventionMaria Bettina
February 28, 2023
What is a UTI?
A UTI is an infection in the urinary system (kidneys, bladders, urethra and ureters). People with vulvas are at higher risk for UTIs than penis owners.
What are the causes of UTIs?
UTIs occur when bacteria enters the urinary tract, and begins to spread through the bladder. Sex and increase the risk of UTIs. You can also get UTIs from bacteria in the anus, spreading. Certain types of birth control such as the diaphragm can also increase the risk of UTIs.
How do you know if you have a UTI?
If you think that you have a UTI, go to your doctor, as you may need antibiotics. Here are some of the most common symptoms:
Feeling as though you need to pee constantly Frequent urination Burning when urinating Urine smells Cloudy urine Blood in your urine Pelvic or back pain
How can you prevent UTIs?
There are a couple of ways in which you can reduce the risk of UTIs:
Cranberry juice Make sure you wipe your vulva before wiping your anus (don’t go back to front) Pee after sex Drink lots of water Make sure you and your partner wash your hands before sex
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