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Dec 26

UTIs: What You Need to Know

Posted By iamincontrol | December 26, 2017

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) refers to- you guessed it- an infection in the urinary tract. Your body has a natural defense against these infections and that defense is urination. Urine helps wash away germs from your system, hopefully, before they can cause infection. Although they are more common in girls, boys can get them too. UTIs can occur in both people who are and who are not sexually active. Just because someone has a UTI doesn’t mean they got it from having sex. If you have any pain or irregularity with urination, please visit a doctor immediately. UTIs are easily treatable, but they become worse the longer they are untreated. They also have many similar symptoms to some STDs and other diseases that must be diagnosed by a doctor. A doctor can identify the condition with a simple urine sample.

What’s better than treating an infection? Preventing an infection in the first place!

For everyone:

  • Drink lots of water. The current recommendation is 8 glasses a day.
  • Urinate frequently and always after sexual intercourse.

For those with a vagina:

  • Change tampons, pads and menstrual cups frequently. To find out more about cups, visit: http://www.teenvogue.com/story/menstrual-cups-everything-you-need-to-know 
  • Wipe from front to back. After pooping or peeing, wipe yourself starting from the front (vagina) and end in the back (toward the anus). This helps prevent poop from getting into your vagina, the most common cause of UTI.
  • Do NOT use any personal hygiene products in or around your vagina. Vaginas are self-cleaning, you should not use any products that promise to cleanse or change the smell.

If you have questions or concerns with cleanliness or the smell of your vagina talk to your doctor who can help you find healthy solution. For more information, visit: http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/uti.html