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UTI Causes: 4 UTI Myths

UTI Causes: 4 UTI Myths

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When it comes to UTIs, it’s time to learn what is fact and what is fiction.

UTI Help: Urinary Tract Infection Myths

The first part of getting to the truth of any matter is nailing down all of the little myths and hearsay that have been buzzing around, causing havoc and confusion. Here are some UTI myths you may have heard through the grapevine:

  1. Myth: Only women can get UTIs
    Fact: Actually, men can get UTIs too! About 12 percent of men in the U.S. get at least one UTI in their lives and while it is rare, UTIs are just as serious for men as they are for women!1
  2. Myth: Sexual intercourse is a sure-fire way to get a UTI
    Fact: While sex is often a cause of UTIs, due to the fact that sexual intercourse can help push bacteria into the urethra,2 having sex doesn’t guarantee that you will get a UTI, and it is certainly not the only risk factor that causes urinary tract infections. Anyone at any age can get a UTI for various reasons, including birth control methods and immune system issues.3
  3. Myth: UTIs are STIs
    Fact: Nope, no way! Again, sex can cause a UTI because it is easy for bacteria to travel to the urethra; however, these bacteria are already living on your skin or in your body and are simply wandering somewhere they don’t belong. And unlike a sexually transmitted infection, urinary tract infections are not transmittable or contagious! 4
  4. Myth: A UTI will eventually go away on its own 
    Fact: This one’s the most important and often the most misunderstood, so listen up! Left untreated, a urinary tract infection can go from 0-100 real quick, traveling deeper into the bladder and even your kidneys, becoming a serious problem you do not want to deal with. If you feel a UTI coming on, make sure you take action ASAP by contacting your doctor! 5

UTI Causes and How to Avoid or Protect Against a UTI

All right, feeling a little less confused? Good! Now that we’re clear about some UTI myths, it’s time for a little more truth! Remember, a UTI happens when bacteria already living in your body wanders and gets cozy in the urethra. Ninety percent of the time this bacteria is Escherichia coli, or E. coli, which normally lives in the colon and near the anus.6

Certain things you do can make this journey a whole lot easier for those curious little bacteria, like wearing tight-fitting, non-breathable underwear, dehydration, not wiping properly and having sex.7 To help avoid or protect against a UTI, make sure you’re wearing comfortable, breathable cotton underwear and staying hydrated! When you use the bathroom, make sure to wipe from front to back, so you’re not accidentally dragging bacteria from your butt closer to your urethra. And try peeing after intercourse to help cleanse your urinary tract. If you don’t quite need to go, try drinking a couple of glasses of water to help expedite the process!8

Treatment of UTI Symptoms

If you do feel a UTI coming on, play it smart and get help fast! UTI symptoms include a more frequent urge to pee, burning while you pee and cloudy, strong smelling and even bloody pee.9 You should see a doctor as soon as possible but in the meantime, don’t panic! AZO Girl is here and I’ve got a solution for you. AZO Urinary Tract Defense® helps control the progression of a UTI at the first sign of the infection and until you can get that appointment!



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