Find yourself needing to visit the loo more often than normal and feeling like something’s burning down there when you pee? You might have a urinary tract infection (UTI). UTIs are very common, especially in women, babies and the elderly. Around 1 in 2 women will get a UTI in their lifetime, so if you think you might be displaying the symptoms, don’t stress – you’re not alone!
What is a UTI?
A UTI is an infection that occurs anywhere in the urinary tract. The urinary tract is what makes and stores urine and removes it from the body. The different parts of the urinary tract include:
UTIs are caused when bacteria gets into your urinary tract. Bacteria can enter the urinary system in many ways, including:
Some women find these things useful in preventing the development of UTI’s:
You might also feel like taking the day off, or just spending some time at home while the symptoms wear off.