If you’ve ever had a urinary tract infection, you know you can’t ignore the burning dull, heavy feeling in your pelvis every time you urinate. UTIs result in approximately 8.1-million trips to the a primary health expert for U.S. women each year, according to statistics from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Don’t ignore these seven burning UTI facts, whether it’s your first or fifth infection…
1. What Causes a UTI?
Medical professionals agree that a urinary tract infection (or UTI) rears its awful burning sensation when bacteria are left behind in the urethra, the tube that transports urine from the body.
Your body is supposed to flush any excess bacteria from your urethra, bladder, ureters, or kidneys (which make up the urinary tract) with urination. However, if bacteria take root and multiply, a UTI can develop fairly quickly. Simply put, women have shorter urethras than men, so it’s much easier for bacteria to enter the urinary tract and cause an infection.