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What causes a UTI?

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) typically occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract through the urethra and begin to multiply in the bladder. Although the urinary system is designed to keep out such microscopic invaders, these defenses sometimes fail. When that happens, bacteria may take hold and grow into a full-blown infection in the urinary tract. The most common UTIs occur mainly in women and affect the bladder and urethra.

Infection of the bladder (cystitis)

This type of UTI is usually caused by Escherichia coli (E. coli), a type of bacteria commonly found in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. However, sometimes other bacteria are responsible. Sexual intercourse may lead to cystitis, but you don’t have to be sexually active to develop it. All women are at risk of cystitis because of their anatomy – specifically, the short distance from the urethra to the anus and the urethral opening to the bladder.

Infection of the urethra (urethritis)

This type of UTI can occur when GI bacteria spread from the anus to the urethra. Also, because the female urethra is close to the vagina, sexually transmitted infections, such as herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia and mycoplasma, can cause urethritis.

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/urinary-tract-infection/basics/causes/con-20037892

 

Treating UTIs

Antibiotics from your doctor are the only cure for urinary tract infections. Which specific antibiotics are prescribed and for how long depend on your health condition and the type of bacteria found in your urine. Cystex can help get you through the pain of a UTI while you wait for your doctor’s appointment. Cystex® Urinary Pain Relief Tablets are the #1 brand of antibacterial protection plus pain relief. The dual-action formula not only eases the pain and burning caused by a UTI but also contains an antibacterial agent (methenamine) to help keep the infection in check. Learn more about Cystex® Urinary Pain Relief Tablets. After treating your UTI, consider adding Cystex® Urinary Health Maintenance to your daily routine. Just one tablespoon is loaded with powerhouse ingredients that can benefit urinary health.

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