Myths about Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections or UTIs are a common issue, causing nearly 10 million doctors visits every year. UTIs affect more women than men, and it’s estimated that one in every five women will have one or more UTIs in her lifetime.

While a prevalent problem, there are also many misconceptions surrounding UTIs.

  • Cranberry Juice Every Day Keeps the UTIs Away
    • While the active ingredient in cranberries – A-type proanthocyanidins (PACS) – can prevent bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall, most urologists agree that there is not enough PACS in juice and supplements to make a difference.
  • Bad Hygiene Causes UTIs
    • Poor hygiene habits do not cause UTIs. However it is important for women to remember to wipe front to back after using the bathroom to help prevent bacteria from entering the urethra.
  • UTIs Won’t Go Away On Their Own
    • Many people with UTIs do not require treatment to make symptoms go away, although they may be uncomfortable during the waiting period. However, there is a risk of the infection spreading, so treating a UTI quickly is your best option.
  • If UTIs Recur, Something’s Wrong
    • There are many people who are simply more prone to getting UTIs than others, often because of other health issues. Having a couple of infections that are close together shouldn’t cause you panic, however if you have 3 or more within six doctors, tell your doctor.

If you already are susceptible, your doctor can give you more recommendations on how to prevent UTIs in the future.