UTI myths that you need to stop believing!

Published on: 7 March 2022, 12:35 pm IST

You are likely to get UTI one at some point in your life. Come, let us debunk some myths about UTI and clear the facts.

Aayushi Gupta
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Women need to guard themselves against urinary tract and reproductive tract infections. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Urinary tract infection (UTI) can mess up with your body in many ways. Well, it is an infection that can develop in any part of your urinary system, bladder or urethra and kidneys. Sometimes, in more serious cases, it can cause problems in all these parts of your body at once. Women are more prone to UTI due to their short urethra. But even though it’s common in women, there is a lot of misinformation and misconception about UTIs among women. To put a full stop to all those myths about UTI, read on!

Let us first understand a little about UTI

A urinary tract infection occurs in your body when the bacteria enters and begins to overgrow in the urinary tract, leading to an infection. UTI is characterized by painful urination, cloudy urine, burning sensation when you urinate, severe pelvic pain and abdomen, fatigue and vaginal irritation. Since this infection can even affect kidneys, a woman should stay aware with the right information about UTI. And that’s why we’re here!

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Dealing with UTI can be difficult but there are treatments available. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

HealthShots reached out to Dr Pratima Thamke, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Motherhood Hospital, Kharghar, Mumbai, to break some myths about UTI!

Busting myths about UTI:

Myth 1: UTIs are not so serious

Fact: Though a urinary tract infection is not life-threatening, it can invite serious complications. Yes, that’s right! A UTI can be managed via treatment. But not doing so can lead to kidney problems. The infection will spread to the kidneys causing damage on a permanent basis. If you tend to have discomfort down there then just try to seek immediate treatment. Do not take it lightly

Myth 2: One should clean the vagina with soap and water to keep UTIs at bay

Fact: Are you aware that opting for products to clean the vagina will not aid in preventing a UTI, and can disturb the pH and bacterial balances of the vagina. You should avoid douching, or using cleansing wipes when it comes to the vagina. Gently wash the vaginal area with water as the vagina is a self-cleaning organ. Douching can in fact lead to an infection. So, be careful!

Also, read: Beware of these infections if you’re into poor menstrual hygiene practices

Myth 3: If your urine appears to be cloudy, it means you have a UTI

Fact: This statement is not true! There can be other reasons behind a cloudy urine – like not drinking enough water. So, you don’t have to fret. Just look for other symptoms of UTI like painful urination, abnormal discharge, and blood in the urine. Let the doctor confirm the diagnosis and suggest a proper line of treatment.

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Frequent urination could be a sign of UTI. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Myth 4: Being sexually active will make you susceptible to a UTI

Fact: UTIs tend to strike-in owing to the bacteria that infect the urinary system. However, having sexual intercourse can raise the chances of getting a UTI; there are many other factors that can make you prone to a UTI. You will be shocked to know that douching, uncontrolled diabetes is one of the causes of a UTI. You need to maintain good hygiene down there. Wear a cotton undergarment that is made of a breathable fabric.

Also, read: Before popping antibiotics, try these 5 home remedies to treat UTI

Myth 5: UTIs are only seen in women

Fact: Even men tend to contract UTIs, but it is commonly seen in women. The percentage of women is high compared to men.

Myth 6: Drinking cranberry juice can lead to a UTI

Fact: There is not enough evidence available to prove that drinking cranberry juice can help prevent a UTI. There is no 100 percent guarantee that the juice will help you to keep a UTI away. You need to speak to the doctor before having it.

So ladies, don’t fall for these myths!

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