What Are Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) and How Can You Treat Them?

Learn why some women tend to get UTI’s and how to help prevent and treat them.

Sanaz Majd, MD,
March 3, 2011

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What Else Can Mimic UTI’s?

Sometimes women think they have a UTI, but they actually don’t. That’s because certain conditions can mimic these symptoms. These conditions include:

  • Sexually transmitted infections (STI’s)

  • Yeast infections

  • Bacterial vaginal infections

  • Thinned out, hormone-lacking vaginal tissue in postmenopausal women

  • Overactive bladder

  • Bladder cancer

It’s important to see your doctor anytime you think you might have a UTI.

What Can You Do About Recurrent UTIs?

There is a subset of women who experience recurrent UTIs, meaning that they get frequent urinary symptoms and their urine cultures show that bacteria growing out even after they were treated successfully with a course of antibiotics. 

For these women, it may be necessary to take a lower dose of an antibiotic on a daily basis for a minimum of six months to prevent the UTI from occurring in the first place. This treatment is termed prophylaxis.  

For those with UTIs associated with intercourse, like my friend, one option would be to take a low dose antibiotic after each episode of intercourse.  That seemed to work well for her, and for most of my patients who experience post-coital UTIs. 

Please note that all content here is strictly for informational purposes only.  This content does not substitute any medical advice, and does not replace any medical judgment or reasoning by your own personal health provider.  Please always seek a licensed physician in your area regarding all health related questions and issues.

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