Recurrent UTIs Kansas City

A urinary tract infection is defined as a bacterial infection of the urinary tract (including bladder, ureters, and/or kidneys). Common symptoms include a strong urge to urinate, and frequent urination in small amounts, often accompanied by a burning sensation, and cloudy or foul smelling urine. Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) is defined as three or more infections in a year or 2 or more infections in a 6 month period.

They are many risk factors for recurrent urinary tract infections including urinary retention, menopause, sexual activity, use of spermicides, and personal or family history of UTIs. Treatment recommendations are based on the underlying cause. Often this can be determined based on an examination in our office, but at times may require further diagnostic testing.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why do women get UTIs more often than men?

Women are more prone to UTIs due to their shorter urethras, which make it easier for bacteria to reach the bladder. Hormonal changes and sexual activity can also contribute.

Does wiping from back to front after using the toilet cause UTIs?

Yes, wiping back to front can introduce bacteria from the anal area to the urethra, increasing the risk of UTIs. Always wipe from front to back to minimize this risk.

Can certain birth control methods increase the risk of UTIs?

Some forms of birth control, such as diaphragms and spermicides, may contribute to UTIs by altering the bacterial balance in the vagina. Discussing alternative options with a healthcare provider is advisable.

Is it safe to delay treatment for a UTI?

It’s not advisable to delay treatment, as untreated UTIs can lead to more severe kidney infections. Prompt medical attention is essential to prevent complications.

Can I develop resistance to antibiotics if I have frequent UTIs?

Overuse or misuse of antibiotics can contribute to antibiotic resistance. It’s crucial to complete the prescribed antibiotic course and consult with a healthcare professional for appropriate treatment.

Can men experience recurrent UTIs?

While UTIs are less common in men, they can still occur. Men with recurrent UTIs should consult with a healthcare professional to investigate potential underlying causes.

Can I develop immunity to UTIs over time?

The body does not develop immunity to UTIs. Recurrent infections may indicate underlying issues that need to be addressed with the help of a healthcare professional.

Can I drink cranberry juice to prevent UTIs?

A: While some studies suggest that cranberry products may have a protective effect, they are not a substitute for medical treatment. Consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice.


Schedule Your Consultation

If you are experiencing recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) or persistent symptoms, take control of your urological health today. Schedule an appointment at Urogynecology of Kansas City, where our experienced medical team is dedicated to providing personalized and comprehensive care. Contact us to book your appointment. Your well-being is our priority, and we look forward to assisting you on your journey to optimal urological health.

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