Are you having a hard time peeing? You might be suffering from a urinary tract infection. Having an infection especially in your reproductive area could be alarming and should be treated as soon as possible. Listed below are the common causes of UTI (Urinary Tract Infection).
- Lack of water intake
- Water refreshes our body and helps to dilute urine to flush away all the bacteria that may lead to infection. Make sure to drink enough water to keep you hydrated as well.
- Holding your pee
- It is important to release your pee if you have to. Holding it for too long can keep the urine in your bladder which eventually collates germs that causes infection. If you see that your pee is dark yellow in color, it is highly advisable to drink lots of fluids until it turn to a pale yellowish color.
- Improper hygiene
- Wash your intimate part at least once day and change your underwear regularly. Always wipe from front to back to avoid the bacteria from your anus to get into vaginal area. Change your pads and tampons frequently to prevent any accumulating germs.
- Feminine products
- Avoid using feminine products such as vaginal deodorants and powders as it can irritate the urethra. Wearing cotton underwear is preferred for it absorbs excessive moisture down there.
- People with diabetes are more prone to acquiring UTI because of their weak immune system. High levels of glucose (sugar) allows the infection to progress more rapidly.
- If you’re having trouble urinating, you might be suffering from either a UTI or kidney stones. It blocks the urinary tract and stops your pee. If this is the case, it is recommended to seek the medical consult of a doctor immediately.
- Frequent sex
- If you are sexually active, it is highly advised to pee before and after sex. By peeing, it will help in flushing out the germs transferred by your partner. Also, make sure that your partner is committed to proper hygiene – to avoid more infections that you may get.
- Use of birth control methods
- Birth control methods such as condoms, pills, IUD, and other can cause hormonal changes which makes them more vulnerable to bacteria build up in their urethra.
- During pregnancy, the risk of acquiring infection is high. The growth of the uterus blocks the drainage of urine from the bladder causing infection.
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