• Recurring UTI

    Recurring UTI

Recurrent UTI

Recurrent urinary tract infections (UTI) are defined as 2 or more infections in 6 months or 3 or more in 1 year. Recurrent UTI’s are relatively common among women of all ages. Risk factors include genetics, sexual intercourse, pelvic anatomy, urinary retention and menopause.

In order to properly to diagnose a urinary tract infection, urine is sent for a culture to determine which bacteria is causing the infection, as well the appropriate antibiotic to treat it. However, in patients who have symptoms of a UTI, an evaluation of a urinalysis done in the office may prompt a physician to treat a patient with antibiotics.

To learn about the possible treatment options for recurrent UTI, click on any of the tabs below.

Behavioral Modifications

Preventing infections before they occur is always the best treatment. Lifestyle changes such as increasing fluid intake, avoiding spermicides, post-intercourse voiding, and drinking cranberry juice.

Medical Therapy

Vaginal estrogen creams and antibiotic prophylaxis are all potential ways to prevent recurrent UTI’s. Treating recurrent UTI will require identification of the bacteria and the underlying cause the infections. This may prompt an additional workup such as a cystoscopy and upper genitourinary radiologic study.

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