5 Myths About Urinary Tract Infections!
By: NANDINI CHAKRABORTY
A Urinary Tract Infection, also known as a UTI, is an infection that involves the kidneys, uterus, bladder, or urethra. Urine passes through these structures before exiting the body. Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) commonly affect many women across the world, with some often turning to the internet to learn how to alleviate this painful condition. So, to ensure you don’t embark on any fruitless home treatments, we are providing the 5 BIGGEST UTI MYTHS.
MYTH – If you get one, you must have poor hygiene
“You can still fall victim of an UTI even if your hygiene habits are clean”, says Steven Sterious, MD, a urologist with Philadelphia’s Einstein Healthcare Network. Many believe that using hot tubs or tampons, wearing tight-fitting clothing, and pantyhose are the causes of UTI but research doesn’t agree with it.
MYTH- Only women get UTIs
“UTIs are just as serious for men as they are for women. It’s pretty rare in younger men, but UTIs become common once men hit the age of 50. It is especially true for men in their 60s and 70s.” says Sterious. Then again, unfortunately, it is true that UTIs are much more common among women than in men. The reason for this is that a woman has a shorter urethra which gives bacteria more direct access to her bladder.
MYTH- A UTI is an STI
A Urinary tract infection is definitely not sexually transmitted infection! The UTI is a result of bacteria that’s already living on one’s skin which gets pushed up through the urethra causing problems for the individual. UTIs are not contagious or transmittable, so you don’t have to worry about getting it from your partner.
MYTH- It’s just going to go away on its own
Women didn’t die of UTIs before antibiotics. They were just suffering from more pain. It is true that a mild UTI could potentially go away on its own course but it has become a problem over the years that UTIs have become harder to treat, thanks to antibiotic-resistant bacteria that cause UTIs. It is recommended to see your doctor to confirm if you have a UTI and get the right medications. A UTI if left untreated can cause a deeper infection in the bladder.
MYTH- You didn’t have enough cranberry juice
Cranberry juice might help make your urine more acidic, and therefore less prone to UTI-causing bacteria, but having less of it won’t cause a UTI. You have to keep in mind that whole notion ‘cranberry juice cures UTIs’, is a myth. Cranberry juice can’t cure your UTI. If you think you have a Urinary tract infection then your best bet is to call your doctor; only antibiotics can get rid of your problem.