When Will I Stop Getting UTIs?! When Will It End?!
Lots of us know the feeling. Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are alarmingly common among women (most of us will get one in our lives) and once you’ve had one, it’s more likely you’ll get another (4). If you’re one of the initiated, you know the drill - highly unsatisfactory urinations with a side order of burning, weird smelling pee, hatred for the world...
And I’m here to tell you that you’re not alone!
Recent studies estimate that UTIs result in as many as 8.3 million clinic visits, 1 million visits to emergency departments, and 100,000 hospitalizations annually (5).
The short answer, everybody gets UTIs - but especially us girls.
Infants do , often due to a condition called vesicoureteral reflux (VUR). Basically this prevents urine from flowing out routinely, giving bacteria a better chance to grow and spread (1). The solution? Antibiotics. Children will take antibiotics for a few days or a few weeks. VUR and other blockages can sometimes go away as the child grows up. In some cases, surgery is recommended to correct any defects.
Adults do , a lot. UTIs are the most frequent bacterial infection in women, occurring most often between the ages of 16 and 35, with 10% getting an infection yearly, and most of us getting one at some point in our lives (5). Recurrences, or recurrent UTIs , happen a lot too - almost half of people will get a second infection, like the first one wasn’t enough!
Pregnant women do , and this is a big issue - occurring between 4-10% of pregnancies (4). Studies show that UTIs can elevate the risk of kidney infections, premature delivery, and even fetal mortality (3). SCREW YOU UTIs!!
Elders do , in fact UTIs are the most common hospital related condition, with more than a million cases in hospitals and nursing homes each year in the US (3). This is often related to catheters (tube that allows urine to drain out from the bladder, through the urethra), with the risk increasing along with the duration of catheterization. Hormonal changes, like menopause and estrogen loss, weaken the system’s ability to resist bacteria (5).
The flow of urine is meant to do the trick, flushing bacteria out of the body. The problem is the onslaught of things that work against this (5). Sometimes it’s using a spermicide or antimicrobial agent, or as a result of illnesses like diabetes mellitus or gout, when our natural defense mechanisms are altered. Studies have shown that ladies who have downstairs bits closer together increase their risk, some gals even have a shorter urethra, so the bacteria doesn’t have as far to travel to get in there. For men, among whom UTIs are way less common, it’s things like enlarged prostate glands that mess up the flow of urine, or uncircumcised bacteria traps. I already mentioned catheters which play a role of bacteria developing in at least 10-15% of patients. So there’s a lot working against us - from the way our beautiful bodies form, to side effects of otherwise helpful things.
We’ve spoken with UTI sufferers who think there’s something they’re doing wrong. But they’re not. The UTI tribe is multi-generational and multi-factorial and in need of support. One thing that unites most UTIs is the bacteria itself hooking onto our insides and causing an infection.
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(1) Epp, Annette, Larochelle, Annick. "Recurrent Urinary Tract Infection." Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada. Volume 32, Issue 11 (2010), 1082 - 1090.
(2) "Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) in Children | NIDDK." National Institutes of Health. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
(3) Foxman, Betsy. "Epidemiology of urinary tract infections: Incidence, morbidity, and economic costs." Disease-a-Month 49.2 (2003): 53-70.
(4) Sobieszczyk, Magdalena E. "Urinary Tract Infections." Columbia University(5) John, Anuli S., Mboto, Clement I, Agbo, Basseye. “A review on the prevalence and predisposing factors responsible for urinary tract infection among adults.” European Journal of Experimental Biology. 6(4):7-11 (2016).
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