UTI FACTS & MYTHS

Let’s separate the myths from the facts.

Many myths exist about UTIs. In this section you can learn more about what is myth and what is fact.

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FACTS & MYTHS ABOUT UTIs
1. UTIs are caused by poor hygiene.
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MYTH

Getting a UTI does not mean that you have poor hygiene. In fact, just having a female urinary system is enough to contract an infection. You can be completely clean and still get a UTI – unfortunate, but true. Play it safe and always wipe front to back.

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2. Intercourse is one of the biggest causes of infection.
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FACT

Because the urethra is so close to the vagina, it’s easy for bacteria from the vagina to make their way to the urethra during sex. These bacteria are natural and harmless to the vagina, but they can cause infection when they come in contact with the urethra. Experts agree that sexual activity is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to UTIs. To help prevent this, you should always urinate after having sex.

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3. UTIs are not a big deal.
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MYTH

Some UTIs may subside without treatment, but it’s also true that the infection could spread to your kidneys and cause serious and permanent damage. If you are experiencing discomfort down there, it’s in your best interest to check it out. The URISTAT® Relief PAK™ includes a UTI Test Strip that will show you if you have an infection, in just two minutes! If so, it’s time to contact your doctor so he or she can prescribe an antibiotic. In the meantime, use the URISTAT® Pain Relief Tablets, also included in the Relief Pak or sold separately, to ease those uncomfortable UTI symptoms.

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4. UTIs only occur in women.
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MYTH

The truth: Men can also contract UTIs, but it is far less common. While about forty-to-fifty percent of women will experience a UTI in their lifetime, the same is true for only about 12 percent of men. This is because of the natural differences in the structures between the female and male urinary systems.

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5. It’s fairly common for women to experience recurrent UTIs.
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FACT

Sure, they’re uncomfortable and inconvenient, but it’s not uncommon for women to experience persistent UTIs. In fact, nearly 20 percent of women who have a UTI will have another, and 30 percent of those will have yet another. While they’re not 100% avoidable, there are ways to help prevent infection.

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6. Birth control can raise the risk of infection.
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FACT

While sex is a major culprit, there are other causes of UTIs. Certain types of birth control raise the risk of infection. Diaphragms increase the risk of infection the most because they put pressure on the urethra through the vagina. Also, spermicidal agents can alter the normal vaginal environment and promote bacteria.

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7. Pregnancy and UTIs are unrelated.
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MYTH

The changes that occur in your body during pregnancy can increase the risk of infection in your urinary tract. The main reason that the chances of infection are increased is that the hormone progesterone, which your body produces at an increased amount during pregnancy, relaxes the muscle in your ureters and bladder. This decrease in muscle tone, along with the pressure that your growing uterus puts on your bladder, can slow the flow of urine and put you at a higher risk for a UTI.

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8. Cranberry juice can prevent the recurrence of UTIs.
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MYTH

Drinking plenty of water and juice to urinate more frequently is definitely a good idea, but cranberry juice is not a magic or cure or special preventative treatment for UTIs.

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9. UTI symptoms can vary, or even not occur at all.
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FACT

Most people who get UTIs will experience similar symptoms – such as pain or burning during urination and the frequent urge to urinate – but not everyone will have the same experience. In fact, it is possible to have a UTI and not experience any symptoms at all.

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10. Children and infants can contract UTIs as well.
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FACT

UTIs can occur in children and infants. Just like with adults, the infection will usually clear up quickly when treated. But if not treated, the infection can spread to the kidneys and cause permanent damage. Babies who are born with abnormalities in their urinary systems are at an increased risk for infection.

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