Debunking Six Urinary Tract Infection Myths

urinary tract infection Many people suffer from at least one urinary tract infection during their life. The condition affects millions every year. However, despite this condition’s commonality, several myths are attached to urinary tract infections. The Greater Hartford Urology Group debunks six of these myths and provides accurate information regarding UTIs to ease your mind and help you better understand the condition.

Myth #1: Only Women Can Get a UTI

Women have a higher risk of developing a UTI because their shorter urethra makes it easier for bacteria to travel to the bladder. However, urinary tract infections affect men and women. Men have a longer urethra, making it harder for this bacteria to reach the bladder, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen. Man or woman, you can get a UTI.

Myth #2: All Urinary Tract Infections Cause Symptoms

While most UTIs cause symptoms, including a burning sensation or pain when you urinate or feeling as though you need to urinate often, some people do not have any UTI symptoms. This is more common in people who use a catheter and in older adults.

Myth #3: All Urinary Tract Infections Must Be Treated with Antibiotics

If you have asymptomatic bacteriuria—a UTI without symptoms—you do not need antibiotics since the bacteria isn’t causing any issues. Your doctor probably won’t recommend antibiotics unless you have symptoms.

Myth #4: A UTI Will Clear Up On Its Own

While asymptomatic bacteriuria can go away without treatment, it is more common that a UTI with or without symptoms will not clear up on its own. Speak with your doctor about the right treatment for your situation.

Myth #5: You Can Pass a UTI to Your Partner

Urinary tract infections are not contagious and cannot be passed to your partner with casual physical contact or sexual contact. If your partner is currently dealing with a UTI and you have sex, it’s possible for the bacteria to transfer over, which is why it’s important to clean yourself thoroughly by showering and urinating after sex.

Myth #6: Urinary Tract Infections are STDs

While sexual activity can increase the risk of developing urinary tract infections, it doesn’t cause them. UTIs are not classified as a sexually transmitted disease. You can lower your risk of developing a urinary tract infection by urinating after you have intercourse, as it removes bacteria before it can cause a UTI.

Where to Find Treatment for a Urinary Tract Infection in Hartford, CT

Greater Hartford Urology Group serves Hartford, Enfield, Glastonbury, and the surrounding areas of Connecticut. To learn more about urinary tract infections, speak with a Greater Hartford Urology Group doctor. To schedule a consultation, please call 860-522-2251.

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