Bladder Infection 411

1. Infections need treatment, but mere symptoms of UTI might mean you should be prepared to just wait. If you have symptoms, do hydrate and take OTC products such as AZO while contacting your gyno!

2. Women need the right drug when they have an infection in their bladder. If you have a UTI you are most likely to get better if the antibiotic you are given actually treats the organism you have become infected with. I see too many women who crop up with one infection after another, and having been treated by a variety of medicines that didn’t cure the problem because they didn’t actually get the correct treatment right away. Getting repeat culture tests is important.

2. Hormone issues can lead to chronic bladder infections as well. So once the acute infection is over have a consultation to see if you have a hormonal issue.

3. Other girl part conditions can produce chronic bladder infections. Gyno Gab Gal saw several patients this week that had been running in to various quick care places to get the UTI check ups. Cultures were done, but often other complaints had not been checked: is your uterus enlarged with fibroids so you aren’t getting empty each time you pee, do you actually have an ovarian cyst, do you have prolapse of your uterus , do you also have a vaginal infection, do you have sensitivity to the antibiotic you were given?

4. So do get a primary gyno, and have her check your results when tests are done, and make sure the drug you take is the drug you need and no complicating factors. If that still doesn’t work it’s time to take antibiotics after sex, as if you try this for about 6-12 months, it’s 95% certain that you will be off this treadmill of seeking medications. Women’s Health Practice

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Suzanne Trupin, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and owner of Women's Health Practice, Hada Cosmetic Medicine, and Hatha Yoga and Fitness

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