What Is A Urinary Tract Infection?
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection of the urinary system due to bacteria entering the bladder and is especially common in women. Typical symptoms of a UTI include pelvic pain, a burning feeling when you urinate, or a strong urge to urinate, even when you don't have to go. If left untreated, the infection could spread to your kidneys and cause more serious problems so it is essential to seek treatment from a trained medical provider. At Cedarburg Family Wellness & Aesthetics, board-certified OB/GYN Dr. Janice Alexander provides personalized services to help women recover from urinary tract infections. If think you are experiencing symptoms of a UTI, we encourage you to contact our office in Cedarburg, WI to schedule an appointment today.
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Do I Have a Urinary Tract Infection?
UTIs are common in women, especially those who are sexually active, take certain types of birth control, or have gone through menopause. Women who have a urinary tract infection may experience the following symptoms:
- Pelvic pain
- A burning sensation when urinating
- Strong-smelling urine that is dark or cloudy
- A strong, frequent urge to urinate
- Passing only a small amount of urine at a time
During your appointment, Dr. Alexander will perform an exam and possibly a urinalysis before determining the appropriate diagnosis and treatment. If you have a relatively simple UTI, you will typically be prescribed a short course of oral antibiotics to clear up your infection. More complicated infections may require a longer round of antibiotics, possibly administered through an IV. Dr. Alexander can provide tips to help you prevent future UTIs, such as drinking plenty of liquids, wiping from front to back, and emptying your bladder right after sexual intercourse.
Treatment Is Available
A UTI can cause painful, distressing symptoms that you should not ignore or attempt to treat on your own. If think you are experiencing a UTI, schedule an appointment with the experienced gynecology professionals at Cedarburg Family Wellness & Aesthetics in Cedarburg, WI. Dr. Janice Alexander will provide you with the proper diagnosis and treatment so you can gain relief from discomfort and feel like yourself again.