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UTI - Urinary Tract Infection

What is a Urinary Tract Infection?

The urinary tract includes the bladder and kidneys and it can get infected when bacteria or germs get into the urinary tract system. Generally it will be the bladder that gets infected; this should be treated because it can then spread to the kidneys which could cause permenant damage.

What causes urinary tract infections (UTI's)?

  1. Germs getting into the system through the urethra. The most common germ lives in the large intestine and is found in faeces, if these germs transfer to your urethra it can cause infection.  
  2. Incomplete emptying of the bladder - possibly due to prolapse, this can mean that stale urine stays in the bladder causing infection. Try Double Voiding techniques to fully empty the bladder each time you urinate.
  3. Women get more UTIs than men, due to our shorter urethras.
  4. Lovemaking can also introduce germs into the urethra.

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You are more likely to get UTIs if you don't drink enough fluids; you are diabetic; you are pregnant or if the flow from you bladder is blocked, such as kidney stones or an enlarged prostate gland.

What are the symptoms of urinary tract infections?

You may have an infection if you have any of these symptoms:

  • Burning sensation or pain when you urinate.
  • When you urinate its only small amounts but very frequently.
  • Your abdomen feels tender.
  • You have cloudy urine and it smells very strong.
  • You have pain in your kidneys.
  • You run a temperature combined with chills.
  • You have sickness and nausea.

How are urinary tract infections diagnosed?

You can use a urine infection test kit - a simple dip test at home. Alternatively contact your pharmacy or GP and arrange to get a urine infection test.

Pelvic floor exercise is vital to strengthen the pelvic floor and prevent repeated UTIs. If you have faecal incontinence it is vital you exercise to strengthen your pelvic floor ultimately preventing germs entering the bladder causing infection.

As always, Kegel8 is here to help you; call our helpline for more information.

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