Urinary tract infection in women (commonly known as UTI) is a bacterial infection which is known to occur when bacteria invades the sufferer's urinary tract system and multiply all through the urinary tract system. Like vagina infection, vaginal infection can cause severe symptoms like burning and or pain upon passing urine.
The urinary system helps the body filter and remove liquid waste and consists of the bladder, kidneys, urethra and ureters.
About half of the female population in the world will have at least one vagina infection in her life time, while a lot of women may suffer through several infections all trough their lifetime. A woman is much more susceptible to urinary tract infection than a man. Thankfully, infections can be easily treated using antibiotics. But, some women are prone to having recurrent UTI's than other women, and this can be pretty frustrating.
What Is the Cause of Urinary Tract Infection?
The most well known cause of urinary tract infections is bacteria from the bowel that live on the skin that is located near the vagina or rectum, which can then spread and then enter the urinary tract via the urethra. As soon as these bacteria gain access through the urethra, they then journey upward; thus causing infection in the bladder and other parts of the urinary system.
Women who have multiple sexual partners or start having sex much more frequently may also experience vagina infection more often the women who are in monogamous relationships or are celibate.
Waiting too long to pass urine is another cause of urinary tract infection. The bladder stretches to hold the urine and then contracts when urine is passed. If you wait too long to pass urine, the bladder will stretch past its capacity. Over a period of time, this can cause the bladder muscle to become weak. When the bladder is weak, it may not be able to pass out the urine totally and will contain some urine. This may increase the risk of vaginal infection.
The other risks of developing vaginal infection include:
• Having a UTI as a child
Unlike many vagina infection symptoms that are quite difficult to spot, you will be glad to know that UTI symptoms are very easy to notice, this include a really strong urge to pass urine that cannot be held; which is followed by a rather sharp/ discomforting pain or burning sensation in the urethra when you pass urine. Most times, very little urine is passed and may also be tinged with blood. You may also notice a strong urge to want pee fairly quickly and soreness may occur in the back, sides and lower abdomen