UTI: Common Myths about a Common Disorder

UTI Infections

Urinary tract infections or UTIs are a common issue, more so for women than men. UTIs result in nearly 10 million doctor’s visits every year; it’s one in every five women will likely have one or more UTIs in her lifetime.

While the problem is prevalent, there are also many misconceptions surrounding UTIs. Here’s few:

  • 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.
  • Something Must be Very Wrong if you Suffer from UTI’s
    • Not so. Many people are simply more prone than others to getting UTIs, often because of other health issues. Having a  of infections that are close together shouldn’t cause you panic, however if you have 3 or more within six months, tell your doctor.

If feel you have UTI symptoms or continuous episodes, visit your family provider or one of our specialists for recommendations on how to prevent UTIs in the future.