Ever had a UTI? Then you know the pain and discomfort they can cause. Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are a common medical condition that can affect people of all ages and genders. They occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract and multiply, leading to a range of uncomfortable symptoms. UTIs primarily affect the bladder and can extend to the urethra or even the kidneys if left untreated.  

By better understanding UTIs you can better avoid the chance of having them and know when it’s time to seek help. Let’s get to the truth behind some common misconceptions of UTIs: 

Myth 1: Women only get UTIs. 

The Truth: While it is true that women are more prone to UTIs due to their shorter urethra, men can also develop UTIs. UTIs do not discriminate based on gender. Anyone can experience the discomfort of a UTI. 

Myth 2: All UTIs must be treated with antibiotics. 

The Truth: While antibiotics are a standard and effective treatment for UTIs, some mild cases can resolve on their own. Drinking plenty of water and maintaining good hygiene can help flush out the bacteria responsible for the infection. However, it is crucial to consult a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. 

Myth 3: UTIs go away on their own. 

The Truth: Although some mild UTIs may resolve without medical intervention, most UTIs require treatment with antibiotics. Leaving a UTI untreated can lead to severe complications, such as kidney infections.  

Myth 4: UTIs are sexually transmitted infections. 

The Truth: While sexual activity can increase the risk of UTIs, they are not sexually transmitted infections (STIs). UTIs typically result from bacteria in your own gut or genital area, which can enter the urinary tract during sex. Various factors, including hygiene and other causes, contribute to UTIs. It is important not to stigmatize UTIs as solely related to sexual activity. 

Myth 5: UTIs always cause symptoms. 

The Truth: While UTIs often come with symptoms like a burning sensation during urination, frequent urination, and cloudy urine, some cases can be asymptomatic, especially in older adults. Even without symptoms, untreated UTIs can lead to complications, making regular check-ups crucial. 

At Jovive Health, we understand the importance of timely and accurate UTI diagnosis and treatment. We offer quick and convenient testing and treatment for UTIs, allowing you to get the care you need promptly. It is important to remember that if you suspect you have a UTI or experience UTI symptoms like pain or discomfort when urinating, sudden urges to pee, or urine that is cloudy or bloody, fever, chills, back or side pain you should seek medical attention. Your health and well-being are our priority, and we are here to support you in your journey to better health.