Experiencing a urinary tract infection (UTI) is never pleasant, but knowing where to turn for outstanding care can make this challenging situation easier to bear. The team of women’s health specialists at NY Midtown OB/GYN offer UTI testing and treatment to women in midtown Manhattan in New York City and the town of Mamaroneck in Westchester County, New York. When you need compassionate care, booking a visit is as easy as a phone call or a few moments online.
Your urinary tract includes your urethra, ureters, bladder, and kidneys. A bacterial infection in any of these components is defined as a urinary tract infection, but most UTIs occur in the urethra or bladder.
Most women will experience at least one urinary tract infection at one point or another. Some women have multiple UTIs throughout their life.
Your urine does not typically contain bacteria. One of the most common causes of urinary tract infections is when Escherichia coli (E.coli) from your gastrointestinal tract enters your urethra. This bacteria is often present in or around your anus, and many forms of sexual activity can transfer it to your urethra.
You can also develop an infection even without sexual activity, simply because female anatomy leaves very little room between the anus and urethra. One of the most effective ways to prevent UTI is to always wipe from front to back after using the restroom. Urinating after sex is also helpful to flush any bacteria from the urethra.
Certain types of birth control, urinary tract changes during menopause, a suppressed immune system, catheter use, and kidney stones are also risk factors for UTI.
Some of the symptoms of a urinary tract infection include:
If you notice these changes, schedule a visit at NY Midtown OB/GYN right away. A simple course of antibiotics is the most common treatment for UTIs. If the infection spreads to your kidneys, you can develop serious health problems. Urinary tract infections during pregnancy can cause complications, including premature delivery.
Women who experience recurrent urinary tract infections might benefit from ongoing antibiotic therapy or antibiotics taken as a prophylactic after sexual contact. Your gynecologist explains how this approach works and helps you determine a course of action.
Online scheduling allows you to book a visit from the comfort of home, any time of day. You’re also welcome to call and speak with a friendly member of the NY Midtown OB/GYN administrative staff regarding appointment availability.