What Is A Urinary Tract Infection?
A Urinary Tract Infection, also known as a UTI, is an infection that involves the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or urethra. Urine passes through these structures before exiting the body.
The upper urinary tract is comprised of the kidneys and ureters. Typically, when a UTI is located in this area, the kidneys are affected and symptoms of fever, chills, nausea, and vomiting can occur.
The lower urinary tract includes the bladder and urethra. An infection in this section of the urinary tract can lead to urethritis or cystitis.
Many of our patients at Virginia Urology have questions about UTI myths versus facts. While there is a vast amount of information available about the topic, our team at Virginia Urology is here to break down the differences between myth and fact with urinary tract infections.
Poor hygiene causes UTIs (Myth or Fact?)
o MYTH- if you get a UTI, it does not mean that you have poor hygiene habits.
Women get UTIs more frequently than men (Myth or Fact?)
o FACT- women have a shorter urethra than men, which allows bacteria to reach the bladder easier and generate an infection.
UTIs can occur from sex (Myth or Fact?)
o FACT- for women, sex can increase the risk of a UTI since the urethra is adjacent to the vagina, making it easier for bacteria from the vagina to enter the urethra during sex.
Pregnancy increases the risk of developing UTIs (Myth or Fact?)
o FACT- with the increase in the progesterone hormone during pregnancy, the smooth muscle in the bladder and ureters relax, placing a woman at higher risk for developing a UTI.
Cranberry juice can prevent UTIs from occurring (Myth or Fact?)
o FACT- the sulfuric acid that is in cranberries keeps bacteria from adhering to bladder walls.
Learn More about Urinary Tract Infections at Virginia Urology
If you would like to learn more about the facts and myths related to urinary tract infections, please do not hesitate to contact our Virginia Urology team of experts. We will answer all of your questions about UTIs and help guide you through treatment options if you are experiencing a UTI.
At Virginia Urology, we are dedicated to providing our patients with a caring and supportive environment to address urological conditions. To learn more, please contact Virginia Urology today at 804-330-9105.
- Everyday Health. Myths and Facts about Urinary Tract Infections. http://www.everydayhealth.com/urinary-tract-infections/myths-and-facts-about-urinary-tract-infections.aspx
- MedicineNet. What Is a UTI? http://www.medicinenet.com/urinary_tract_infection/article.htm