HysterSisters Hysterectomy Support and Information
HysterSisters Hysterectomy Support Tutorial

Go Back   Hysterectomy HysterSisters > Pelvic Floor Articles

HysterSisters Articles for Hysterectomy


SHARING IS CARING

Myth or Fact: Urinary Tract Infections

From the Pelvic Floor Articles List

Urinary Tract Infections facts and mythsWhat are some interesting facts I should know about urinary tract infections?


Burning. Urgency. Pain. Sound familiar? Like many women, you probably know what it is like to have a urinary tract infection (UTI). But even if you know about a UTI first hand, there could be more you could learn to help you manage one.

Myth: If I am clean, I won’t get a UTI.
Fact: While good hygiene may be helpful, it doesn’t prevent UTIs.


When bacteria enters the urinary tract, a urinary tract infection can occur. While there are steps you can take to try to minimize this happening, a woman’s anatomy makes her more susceptible to a UTI. Wiping from front to back and staying clean are good practices, but they won’t guarantee you will never have this type of infection.

Myth: I will only get UTIs if I am sexually active.
Fact: While sexual intercourse can increase your risk, you can get a UTI even if you are not sexually active.


Women who are sexually active have a higher risk for a urinary tract infection, but sex is not the only culprit. Even women who are not sexually active can develop a UTI. To help prevent intercourse related UTIs, it is a good idea to shower and urinate after sex. You can also talk to your doctor about the risks of using spermicides or diaphragms and having multiple partners, all increasing your risks for intercourse related UTIs.

Myth: There is no connection between menopause and UTIs.
Fact: Women may have more UTIs during menopause.


Estrogen helps keep the urinary tract healthy. Without adequate estrogen, the urinary tract can change in several ways, increasing the risk for urinary tract infections. Whether you are in natural or surgical menopause, using one of the estrogen choices can help keep your urinary tract healthy and prevent recurrent UTIs.

Myth: I don’t need to seek medical treatment for a UTI.
Fact: Though some UTIs do resolve on their own, it is best to seek medical attention for a UTI.


With time, some urinary tract infections will resolve without any intervention. Others may respond to various home remedies such drinking lots of cranberry juice or water. Unfortunately, an untreated UTI that does not resolve can cause kidney infection and damage leading to more serious health concerns. If you suspect you have a UTI, it’s best to talk to your doctor right away and begin medical treatment quickly.

Myth: Cranberry products can prevent or treat UTIs.
Fact: There are mixed opinions about the effectiveness of cranberry products for UTI prevention, and they likely don't treat an existing UTI.


The active ingredient, A-type proanthocyanidins (PACs), in cranberries can prevent bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract. The key, however, is for the cranberry product to have enough of this ingredient to make to the urinary tract. As the FDA does not regulate supplements, it is hard to know exactly how much of the active supplement a product might contain. Cranberry cocktail may also have minimal amounts of real cranberries along with significant amounts of sugar. And through the active ingredient in cranberries may prevent bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract, it may not prevent all urinary tract infections, and it does not treat an already existing UTI. So while drinking pure cranberry juice may help prevent a UTI, cranberry cocktail or cranberry tablets may not be effective. In addition, you should not use cranberry to treat a suspected UTI--seek medical attention instead.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

09-09-2015 - 09:45 PM


SHARING IS CARING


Do you have a question?

If you have a medical support question related to this article, come JOIN US in our HysterSisters Community Forums. You will receive helpful replies to your questions from our members. See you there!


HysterSisters Free Hysterectomy Booklet

What 350,000 Women Know About Hysterectomy with pages of information, helpful tips and hints to prepare and recover from hysterectomy. Free download for members.

Recommended for Hysterectomy Recovery




Mesh Panty

Mesh panties are stretchy and light - perfect for holding peri pads securely during hysterectomy recovery. [...More]


Post-Op Panty

Post-operative compression panty with medical grade silicone to speed hysterectomy recovery + reduce scarring. [...More]


Softest Bra Ever

When you want to wear something, but feel nothing. Two in a value pack for your hysterectomy recovery. [...More]





HysterSisters Articles

Diagnosis
Options to Hysterectomy
Treatment Alternatives
Pre-Op Hysterectomy
Post-Op Hysterectomy
Separate Surgeries
Hormone and Menopause
Intimacy after Hysterectomy
Pelvic Floor
Separate Surgeries
Fitness after Hysterectomy
GYN Cancer
Breast Health
Grief and Loss
Endometriosis
Uterine Fibroids
GYN Genetics
Hysterectomy Stories
Ask A Doctor




Find a Surgeon

HysterSisters Doctor Directory
Donna Chester, M.D.
2841 Debarr Rd
Ste.37
Anchorage AK 99508
907-279-2229
Mini Somasundaram, M.D.
3600 Olentangy River Rd
Bldg A
Columbus OH 43214
(614) 583-5552
David McLaughlin, M.D.
9960 E. 146th Street
Suite 300
Noblesville IN 46060
317-774-1200
Aileen Caceres, M.D.
Center for Specialized Gynecology/Florida Hospital
410 Celebration Place, Suite 302
Celebration FL 34747
(407) 303-4573
Ranae Yockey, M.D.
800 Biesterfield Suite 750
Elk Grove Village IL 60007
847-981-3698
Mark Richey, M.D.
1200 Airport Heights
Ste 205
Anchorage AK 99508
9072724443
Amit Patel, M.D.
2301 Marsh Ln
Clinic Suite
Plano TX 75093
469-999-4519
Debra Richardson, M.D.
Gynecological Oncology Clinic - SW Med
2201 Inwood Road Suite 106
Dallas TX 75390
214-645-4673
Ted Lee, M.D.
Magee Womens Hospital
300 Halket Street
Pittsburgh PA 15213
412 641 6412

Advertisement

Hysterectomy News

February 25,2017

CURRENT NEWS

HysterSisters Takes On Partner To Manage Continued Growth And Longevity
I have news that is wonderful and exciting! This week’s migration wasn’t a typical migration - from one set ... News Archive

TODAY'S EVENTS

Calendar - Hysterectomies - Birthdays


Request Information


I am a HysterSister

HYSTERECTOMY STORIES

Featured Story - All Stories - Share Yours

FOLLOW US


Your Hysterectomy Date


CUSTOMIZE Your Browsing  



Advertisement


Advertisement