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Recurrent UTI

Ouch. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are really, really, common. In fact, the American Urological Association (AUA) says that approximately 150 million UTIs occur yearly worldwide, accounting for $6 billion in healthcare costs. ¹ That’s a lot of uncomfortable, disruptive and expensive peeing! What’s worse, many women who experience a UTI will go on to get… Read More

Next bathroom break, take a peek in the toilet. What color do you see?

Believe it or not, pee isn’t always “yellow.” There’s actually a range of colors that can show up in your urine — some are variations of “normal” and some are signs that it’s time to talk to your doctor.
So, what’s your urine trying to tell you and what should you do about it? 

Scientists in England are working on a new way to detect urinary tract infections (UTIs) using smartphone cameras. While still in development, the new test could help doctors diagnose a urinary tract infection in just 25 minutes — eliminating the need to send samples to a lab (a process which can take days!) The process… Read More

Summer’s on its way and we’re thinking about the beach, pool, hot weather, and fun! What we don’t want to think about is an annoying urinary tract infection (UTI) getting in the way. Unfortunately, some things about summer can make UTIs more likely to strike. You can help to prevent them, though, with a few… Read More

This Valentine’s Day, let there be love – for healthy habits that can help prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs) as well as for symptom relief and the right treatment when (and if) you need it. What’s the connection between making love (having sex) and developing a UTI? While sex does not cause UTIs, sex can… Read More

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common (more than 50% of all women will experience a symptomatic UTI in their lifetimes), but unfortunately, so is UTI misinformation. In honor of back-to-school season we’d like to help set the record straight and bust prevailing UTI myths with facts. Myth: You could have prevented that UTI. Fact: Cut… Read More

UTI Symptoms

By Dr. Allison Hill, OB/GYN According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 60% of women will contract a UTI at some point in their lives and of that 60%, approximately 40% will have another. To put that into perspective, UTIs account for more than 8 million doctor visits each year,… Read More

Honeymoon Cystitis

Summer is officially here and we are so excited for the beach days, bonfires and tropical vacations that lie ahead. Summer also means honeymoon season is in full-swing. As you probably know, sex can increase your chances of getting a UTI. UTI’s are definitely not welcome on honeymoon itineraries, so read on to see what… Read More

UTI while pregnant

Anyone can get a urinary tract infection (UTI), but starting at about the sixth week of pregnancy, an expectant mother has an increased UTI risk with UTIs being the most common bacterial infections seen in women and during pregnancy. Usually, a UTI is not too serious and easily treated by a doctor with a prescription… Read More

Staying UTI Free

By Dr. Yvonne Bohn, OB/GYN The following symptoms of a UTI are not unforgettable: frequent urination (even though the bladder is empty), urgency to go, severe burning and embarrassing incontinence. Once you have suffered through one, you will never want to experience one again. UTIs are extremely common, just like getting a cold or a… Read More

UTI in men

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) strike younger women more frequently than any other demographic, but men, particularly over the age of 50, are at risk as well – especially because when men get UTIs, they are often more complicated.1 But first the good news: Anatomy can be a man’s best friend. Because the male urinary tract… Read More

Color of urine

It’s fall and everywhere the color palette seems to have shifted to yellows, oranges, reds, and browns — from leaves to decorations… to urine? What the hue?! That’s right, urine changes colors, too – not with the seasons but with other factors like the fluids you drink, the foods you eat, the medicines or supplements… Read More

Preventing UTIs

Many of us take it for granted that we’ve got it down regarding our down-under hygiene. But if you weren’t listening when your mother taught you this stuff, or if you were too embarrassed to listen, here’s a little refresher to help keep you fresher and healthier in the undercarriage. The best way to keep… Read More

UTI Prevention

Good nutrition is good for your health. You know this already. But did you know that smart eating might be able to help you to improve your urinary health, too? If you experience repeated urinary tract infections (UTIs), talk to your doctor about whether the dietary tips below might work for you. Keep in mind… Read More

UTI Prevention

Whether you’re counting your steps, hitting the gym, playing sports, hiking with friends, or jogging solo, you probably already know the many health benefits of exercise. But did you know that keeping your body moving can also help to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs)? That’s right; sitting (or lying) around for long periods of time… Read More

How to prevent UTI in summer

Ahhhh summer. More sun, more fun, more urinary tract infections (UTIs)?!   According to researchers at University of Iowa,1 UTIs are more common in the summer, especially among younger women. Thankfully there are ways to beat the heat this summer and help prevent that burning frequency and other UTI symptoms.   Poolside or beach bum?… Read More