Imagine this: you’re getting ready with your squad, dancing to your current go-to jam when you realize you have to pee. As you head to the bathroom, you may notice that you have an uncomfortable pain in your lower abdomen. The moment you start going, there it is: burning when you urinate. This is one of many characteristic symptoms of a UTI, along with pain in the lower back and abdomen, and urinary frequency. But why are you burning when you urinate in the first place? Let’s start with the anatomical reasons and then move on to explain how you can help relieve the pain.
UTI SYMPTOMS: WHY IS THERE BURNING WHEN YOU URINATE?
The human body is incredibly complex, and everything is interconnected. Take, for example, the urinary system. The kidneys, ureters, urinary bladder and urethra together form the urinary tract. The urinary tract acts as a plumbing system to drain urine from the kidneys into the bladder to be stored and then released during urination.1 There are nerves in the bladder that send signals to the brain to urinate when it reaches capacity.2 When you have a UTI, the bladder tells the brain to urinate much more frequently, even when it feels empty. This is because the bacteria that caused the UTI irritated the delicate lining of the urinary tract.3 This irritation causes inflammation and a painful burning when you urinate.4
UTI SYMPTOMS: UTI PAIN RELIEF
When you have a UTI, your brain can hardly think of anything but the pain and burn that is associated with UTI symptoms. You need to see a medical professional for proper diagnosis and if he/she diagnoses a UTI, you will get a prescription for an antibiotic to cure the infection. Lucky for you, there are a few ways to help bring you fast relief of your symptoms while you wait for the doctor to see you or while you wait for the antibiotics to start working!
- Take AZO Urinary Pain Relief® Maximum Strength
AZO Urinary Pain Relief® Maximum Strength is there for you when you need it most. It will bring FAST UTI symptom relief so make sure to have it on hand for those “just-in-case” moments like this. You can learn more about it here.
- Use a Heating Pad3
Placing a heating pad or a hot water bottle over your lower abdomen can help relax the muscles and bring UTI pain relief. You can pick one up at your favorite retailer!
PRIORITIZE URINARY TRACT MAINTENANCE
If you have ever had a UTI, or if you want to try to avoid getting one, it’s time to prioritize urinary tract maintenance. We’ve created the perfect regimen for you to help you maintain a healthy urinary tract!*
1 Female Urethra Anatomy http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1972504-overview#a2
2 Anatomy of the Bladder http://www.bladder-control.co.uk/anatomy/sacral-nerves/index.htm
3 7 Best Remedies for Bladder Infections http://www.healthline.com/health/bladder-infection-treatments#PainRelievers5
4 Diseases & Conditions https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases_conditions/hic_Urinary_Tract_Infections