A urinary tract infection, or UTI, occurs when bacteria enters the urinary tract through the urethra and begins multiplying in the bladder. Unfortunately, due to the anatomy of the female urinary tract, UTI’s are much more common in women.
A UTI can be a painful and annoying experience. Some of the symptoms that you may deal with include:
- Frequent urge to urinate
- Burning sensation during urination
- Cloudy or discolored urine, which may indicate blood in the urine
- Strong smelling urine
- Pain in the kidneys or lower back
- Pelvic pain and/or pressure
Because a UTI can affect all parts of the urinary tract, including the urethra, bladder, and kidneys, it is very important that you seek medical attention from your physician at Pacific Women’s Center. An unchecked UTI can cause serious, long-term damage to the kidneys and other internal organs.
Diagnosis and treatment is often quite simple, so if you feel you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, give us a call at 541-342-8616 to schedule an appointment today. We’ll help you alleviate your symptoms and educate you on the best ways to prevent UTI’s in the future.