Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections

Most women experience a urinary tract infection (UTI) during their lifetime. This results from an ascending infection passing up the urethra, which is very short in women. It is common in pregnancy. It is defined as recurrent if a women experiences 4 to 6 urinary tract infections in a year. Women may experience a sense of urgency, frequency, pain / burning on passing urine, they sometimes notice blood in the urine (haematuria). Women often feel run down or nauseated during such infections and may experience temperatures or shivering. These can also be completely asymptomatic.

Diagnosis & treatment involves giving a urine sample to your General Practitioner, who send the sample to the laboratory, the result if positive identifies the causative agent and the correct antibiotic to treat the infection. Recurrent urinary tract infections usually require more investigations looking for a cause, these include blood tests, kidney and bladder ultrasound, sometime a renal (kidney) tract CT Scan and sometimes a pelvic examination is required.

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