MYTH BUSTERS- Urinary Tract Infections

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  1. Poor hygiene leads to urinary tract infection.

FALSE. You can be completely clean and hygienic and still fall prey to a UTI. UTIs are not caused by use of tampons or sanitary napkins.

2. Cranberry supplements help in preventing UTI.

FALSE. There is no scientific evidence to support this postulate. Simple steps to prevent UTI are:

  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Do not hold urine for long in the bladder, urinate when you feel the urge to
  • Always wipe from front to back, to avoid getting bacteria from the anal region to urethra.
  • Urinate after sexual intercourse.
  • Increase intake of Vitamin C and probiotics.

3. Normally, urine has some bacteria in it.

FALSE. Normal urine is sterile and has no bacteria in it. But bacteria cover the skin and are found in large numbers in the rectal area and in stools.

4. Women are at greater risk of developing UTI.

TRUE. Females are more prone to develop urinary tract infections because of the structure of their urinary system. They have a short urethra which makes it easier for the bacteria to go inside and infect the tract.

5. Antibiotics are not required to treat UTI.

FALSE. UTI’s usually need a course of antibiotics for treatment. The duration of   course may vary as per the severity of infection. Completing the antibiotic course is very important or it may lead to recurrence of infection and resistance to antibiotics.

6. Pregnancy increases risk of developing UTI.

TRUE. It is suggested that hormonal changes and shifts in the position of the urinary tract during pregnancy make it easier for bacteria to travel up the ureters to the kidneys. For this reason, many doctors recommend periodic testing of urine. 

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