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5 Common Myths About UTIs

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k2-_50a152d0-23f8-4200-9c47-d07667d1b146.v1I am the queen of UTIs. I use to get them all the time. I have a family history of them. I'm just one of the lucky people who just get them. What I recently learned however is that UTIs are actually very common among perimenopausal or menopausal women, with more than half (53%) of women over 55 experiencing recurring UTIs (at least three UTIs over 12 months). Women entering perimenopause or menopause are more susceptible to UTIs because a decrease in estrogen production leads to changes in the urinary tract that make it more vulnerable to infection. Who knew, right?

There is a lot of misinformation about UTIs out there. I know I've heard all of these. That is why I want to talk about the 5 most common myths about UTIs.

Myth: Only sexually active women in their 20’s get UTIs. UTIs can occur at any age. While sex may be a trigger for a UTI, there are other risk factors as well. These include:

  • The female anatomy
  • Certain birth control
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • Urinary tract abnormalities
  • Complications in the urinary tract
  • Impaired immune system
  • Catheterization and previous UTIs

Myth: UTIs are not a big deal. It’s true that a UTI may subside without treatment, but it’s also true that the infection could spread to your kidneys and cause serious and permanent damage. If you are experiencing discomfort, it’s in your best interest to check it out. My constant UTIs made me go see a urologist who then found I had kidney stones that needed to be removed. You never know what else may be lurking.

Myth: UTIs only occur in women. Men can also contract UTIs, but it is far less common. While about 40-50% of women will experience a UTI in their lifetime, the same is true for only about 12% of men. This is because of the natural structure of the female urinary system.

Myth: UTIs are caused by poor hygiene. Getting a UTI does not mean that you have poor hygiene. You can be completely clean and still get a UTI— unfortunate, but true. There are several causes and risk factors for developing a UTI. While certain risk factors may be out of your control, here are some ways you can prevent a UTI:

  • Hydrating with water
  • Wiping from front to back
  • Avoiding irritating products
  • Urinating after sex
  • Wearing cotton underwear
  • Not “holding it” when you need to use the bathroom

Myth: Pregnancy and UTIs are unrelated. The changes that occur in your body during pregnancy can increase the risk of infection in your urinary tract. The main reason that the chances of infection are increased is that the hormone progesterone, which your body produces at an increased amount during pregnancy, relaxes the muscle in your uterus and bladder. This decrease in muscle tone, along with the pressure that your growing uterus puts on your bladder, can slow the flow of urine and put you at a higher risk of UTI. I know that I had a UTI when I was pregnant with Will that made me end up in the ER!

UTIs must be treated with a prescription antibiotic, but you can seek relief as soon as you begin to experience symptoms and think you have a UTI with URISTAT® Pain Relief Tablets. URISTAT® Pain Relief Tablets deliver fast, temporary relief of pain, burning and urgency and frequency of urination while you wait until you can see your doctor. I know I've used them just for that which is why I also want to share aURISTAT® Pain Relief Tablets coupon!

Have you ever gotten a UTI? Have you heard any of these myths before? Did you learn anything new about UTIs today?

Lisa Martin

In April 2006, Lisa began blogging to stay connected with distant relatives and friends. As she delved into blogging, she discovered the potential to assist others by sharing her experiences. Lisa has actively engaged in numerous exclusive media ventures. Notable among these are her participation in events such as the Sony Mommy Bloggers Event, the Pampers Mommy Bloggers Event, the Epson Event in Chicago, the Stouffers Event, a memorable yacht excursion with Lands End, collaborations with 1-800-Baskets, an exclusive tour for bloggers by Mrs. Prindable’s, partnerships with Hallmark, PopCap games, Chicago Cubs Mastercard Priceless Events, and Rug Doctor. In addition, she has collaborated with Nutrisystem on a weight loss initiative, teamed up with Buick and Chevy, and served as a brand ambassador for Sprint. Lisa's collaboration portfolio also extends to Disney, where she has participated in press trips for significant movies such as Frozen, Guardians of the Galaxy, McFarland USA, The Good Dinosaur, The BFG, and Cars 3. Notably, for projects like Frozen, The BFG, and Cars 3, she was granted the privilege of walking the red carpet and conducting interviews with celebrities. The impact of Lisa's blog has gained recognition, with The New York Times referencing her content. Moreover, she has been featured in interviews by respected publications such as the Southtown Star, The Chicago Sun Times, and inside.
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