What is UTI?
Urinary tract infection (UTI) is any form of infection that occurs in the urinary system—kidney, bladder, urethra, colon and the vagina. Studies show that women are at higher risk of UTI than men. At least one in five women, aged 18-35 is expected to experience urinary tract infection once in their lifetime.
What are the symptoms of UTI?
§ Frequent urges to urinate
§ Painful, sometimes, a burning sensation while passing out urine
- A dark or cloudy urine
- Stomach and back pain
- Abnormal feeling of fatigue (tiredness)
- Smelly urine
If you experience any of these, it is advisable to seek urgent medical attention.
Major Causes of UTI
- Frequent sexual intercourse
- Excessive use of condom
- Dehydration (not drinking enough water)
- Inflammation of the bladder
- Holding urine for so long.
Drink moderate amounts of water daily to reduce concentrations in the urine avoiding pressure on the bladder.
Don’t hold urine for so long
Avoid foods and drinks that irritate the bladder e.g alcohol intake, deep fried foods, spicy or peppery foods, carbonated drinks like coke, soda etc
If you feel a little dry during sex, try using a small amount of personal lubricant
§ Urinate before and after intercourse
Don’t allow urinary tract infection to pose threat to your physical and reproductive health; Do all you can to protect yourself.
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