All about UTI’s in Women

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most frequent bacterial infections for a women’s body. One out of two women have had a UTI and if you’ve experienced one you know how painful and uncomfortable they can be.

What causes a UTI?

Most UTIs are caused by the bacteria E.coli found in our digestive system, the infection is caused when this bacteria enters the urinary tract. Sex is a very common cause for UTIs as well since all the movements during sexual intercourse can introduce bacteria up the urethra into the bladder increasing the risk of a UTI.

Symptoms of a Urinary Tract Infection

  • A burning feeling when you pee
  • A frequent or intense urge to pee, even though little comes out
  • Cloudy, dark or even bloody strange smelling pee

What is the correlation between UTIs and your period?

Having a UTI is not directly related to your period but there are some factors that link the two, such as hormones, stress, sex and hygiene.

Proper hygiene including changing your pads and tampons regularly can help support good vagina health. If you don’t then you can be promoting bacterial growth and this can increase your chances of getting a UTI.

How can you prevent UTIs?

There are several ways you can reduce your risk of developing a UTI, such as …

  • Drink lots of water
  • Urinate shortly after sex
  • Wipe from front to back after urinating and bowel movements
  • Keep the genital area clean
  • Showers are preferred over baths
  • Avoid using perfume products in the genital area
  • Wear cotton underwear and loose fitting clothing to keep the area around your urethra dry

Keeping your vagina healthy is very important, and shouldn’t be forgotten about. If you think you have symptoms of a UTI please visit your primary care doctor or gynecologist for the right treatment.

“UTIs and Your Period {What to Do While You Have Your Period}.” Blume,

McIntosh, James. “Urinary Tract Infection: Causes, Symptoms, and Prevention.” Medical News Today, MediLexicon International, 6 Nov. 2018,

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