By Connie Masak

Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) are a common problem for women and can cause significant discomfort, if not treated properly. In fact, during reproductive years, women are 50 times more likely to have a UTI. Fortunately, the expert team at Women’s Health Specialists can help diagnose and treat a UTI, but first, let’s take a look at some of the common symptoms.

Common symptoms of a UTI are burning with urination, urgency and frequency of urination. Other signs may include urine with a strong odor and cloudy urine. There are a few factors that may increase the risk of getting a UTI. Some of these factors include frequent sex, use of a spermicide, use of a diaphragm, or a new sexual partner.

Antibiotics are used to treat a UTI. However, treatment has become more difficult over the years due to drug resistant bacteria. An infection that was once easily and quickly cured is now leading to more hospitalizations, graver illnesses and prolonged discomfort from the symptoms that present themselves with a UTI.

Antibiotic resistance has become one of the world’s most pressing health issues. Overuse of antibiotics in both humans and livestock has caused germs to develop defenses to survive, rendering a growing number of medicines ineffective. The safest course of action is to make an appointment to see your doctor and provide him/her with a urine sample for testing. You and your doctor can then make an informed decision as to whether antibiotic treatment is right for you.  

Please contact us at 920-749-4000 with any UTI concerns that you might have. UTIs are nothing to be ashamed of and are a normal part of life. Please don’t delay treatment. We are here to help!