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Overview of Urinary Tract Infections
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) occur when bacteria gets into the urinary system. Although the body has natural defenses against bacterial interference, the system (most commonly the bladder and urethra) can be overwhelmed when bacteria multiply, resulting in a UTI. The symptoms of urinary tract infections include burning with urination, frequent urination, urgency and lower belly pain. With urinary tract infections the urine may appear cloudy, bloody or have a bad odor. Women are far more at risk for UTIs than men, with 30 females experiencing symptoms for every 1 male.
Women of any age can be affected by UTIs. Sexual intercourse makes a woman's chance of contracting these infections 60 times higher, but there are other causes as well. The positioning of female anatomy results in a shorter urethra that is close in proximity to both the vagina and rectum, which increases the likelihood of bacteria spreading and resulting in an infection. It is also a common problem for women after menopause due to the change in vaginal pH and the lack of Lactobacilli allowing bad bacteria to grow.
Simple urinary tract infections are quite common, and are generally treated using prescribed antibacterial medications, but frequent UTIs can be highly disruptive and require long-term solutions. Multiple studies have found that treating atrophic vaginitis with estrogen creams may help promote healthy vaginal tissue and lower the vaginal pH, which decreases the colonization of Uropathogenic bacteria. However, multiple investigators have found that the Mona Lisa treatment will achieve the same results without the need of estrogen therapy. At the Charlotte Center for Pelvic Health, we evaluate multiple treatment algorithms for patients to reduce and prevent recurrent urinary tract infections. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to see how we can help you.