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What is a UTI?

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A UTI is a bacterial infection in any part of the urinary system, with the bladder and urethra being the most common sites of infection.

Almost 50% of women will experience at least one UTI during their lifetime, while only around 5% of men will ever contract one. For both men and women, UTI symptoms can include painful urination, the frequent urge to go to the bathroom, discomfort in the lower abdomen and even fever.

Left untreated, a UTI can progress to more serious conditions, such as kidney infections. If you believe you may be experiencing symptoms of a UTI, it’s important to speak to a doctor immediately to discuss your symptoms and determine the best treatment for you.

Unsure about how to treat UTI?

With real, Australian registered doctors just a phone call away, we can help you diagnose and manage your condition from the comfort of home. Once you’ve been diagnosed with a UTI, we can then provide you with a script for antibiotics to treat your condition and offer fast relief.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are the different types of urinary tract infections?

Urinary tract infections are typically separated into two main categories: upper urinary tract infections and lower urinary tract infections. 

Lower urinary tract infections are more common and affect the urethra and bladder. Upper urinary tract infections affect the kidneys and can lead to life-threatening conditions, such as urosepsis.

UTIs can also be broken up into four smaller categories:

  • Urethritis – infection of the urethra
  • Cystitis – infection of the bladder
  • Pyelonephritis – infection of the kidneys
  • Vaginitis – infection of the vagina
What are the symptoms of a UTI?

Lower UTI symptoms to look out for include:

  • Pain or burning while urinating
  • A frequent and urgent need to urinate, even if it’s just a few drops
  • Leaking or incontinence
  • Smelly, bloody, cloudy or dark urine
  • Discomfort in the lower abdomen or pelvic area
  • Fever
  • Pain and tenderness in the lower back and sides

Upper UTI symptoms include:

  • Pain and tenderness in the lower back and sides
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
Can men get UTIs?

While women are 8 times more likely to contract a UTI, men can get them too. You can read this article to learn more about male UTIs.

What causes UTIs?

Urinary tract infections are caused by microorganisms, usually a bacteria called Escherichia coli (E. coli). This bacteria naturally occurs around the vagina and anus. 

There are many things that can increase your chances of a UTI:

  • Wiping back to front after going to the bathroom
  • Sexual intercourse
  • Menopause
  • Reduced mobility
  • Reduced pelvic floor strength
  • Spermicides causing skin irritation
How do you treat a UTI?

Antibiotics are the typical treatment for a UTI. The type of antibiotic that your doctor prescribes will depend on what type of infection you have, the bacteria causing it, and how many UTIs you’ve had in the past.

How long does a UTI last?

The symptoms of a lower urinary tract infection typically begin to clear up within just 24 hours of taking antibiotics, though more serious infections can take two weeks or even longer to go away. For most women, 3 days will be sufficient, while men typically need between 7-14 days, or even longer.

It’s best to consult your doctor to determine how long you should be taking your antibiotics. 

Even if all the symptoms of a UTI have cleared up, it’s important that you complete the full course of antibiotics to prevent recurrent UTI infections or antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

How do you prevent a UTI?

While there’s no foolproof method of preventing a UTI, there are many things you can do to reduce your chances of infection:

  • Drink plenty of fluids to dilute your urine
  • Don’t delay toilet breaks when you need to go
  • Make sure to empty your bladder completely when going to the toilet
  • Urinate immediately after sexual intercourse to clear any bacteria
  • Wipe from front to back after going to the bathroom
  • Wear cotton underwear
  • Treat vaginal infections promptly
  • Avoid products that contain spermicides, especially diaphragms
  • Eat a healthy diet to prevent constipation
What causes a recurring UTI?

There are many reasons why you might experience recurrent UTIs. Some people are just genetically predisposed to infections, while others may be unintentionally increasing their risks:

  • Bathroom habits: failing to completely empty the bladder, ‘holding on’ when you need to go, or regularly wiping from back to front can all increase your chances of a UTI
  • Sexual activity: bacteria can be moved into the urinary tract during sexual intercourse. This is why many experts recommend that women urinate after sex to flush the bacteria out
  • Health issues: chronic health conditions and a suppressed immune system can make you more susceptible to a UTI. Diabetes, some autoimmune diseases and bladder and kidney stones can all increase the risk
  • Lifestyle habits: Sitting for long periods, a sedentary lifestyle and not drinking enough water have all been found to increase the chances of UTIs
  • Menopause: As estrogen levels fall, the changes in your body can make you more susceptible to recurrent UTIs
How do I get instant UTI relief?

Once you start taking antibiotics, your UTI symptoms should begin to ease fairly quickly. However, there are some things you can do to relieve the symptoms of UTI in the short-term:

  • Drink lots of water: while the temptation may be to drink less to avoid the burning sensation while urinating, drinking lots of water will help your body flush out the bacteria quickly
  • Use a heat pad: Some people find that heat pads help to reduce the pain in your abdomen or lower back
  • Pain medication: While waiting for your antibiotics to take effect, over-the-counter pain medication may help to ease the symptoms of a UTI
Can you have sex with a UTI?

Sex is not recommended while suffering from a UTI. Sex can irritate the sensitive tissue in your urinary tract and is likely to be too painful to enjoy. It can also introduce new bacteria while your body is already weakened by an existing infection.

Are UTIs contagious?

The infection itself is not contagious, however, the bacteria that causes a UTI can be spread between people, usually during sexual intercourse.

Can a UTI go away on it’s own?

While antibiotics are the most effective treatment for UTIs, the body can resolve some minor, uncomplicated UTIs on its own. Be aware that an untreated UTI may develop into a more serious condition and spread to other parts of the urinary tract. It’s best to consult with a doctor if you’re experiencing any symptoms.

How to relieve UTI pain at night?

UTIs can cause uncomfortable symptoms that may make it difficult to sleep. Here are some things you can do to relieve UTI pain for a better night’s sleep:

  • Avoid alcohol, coffee, citrus juice or any soft drinks that contain caffeine
  • Drink lots of fluids during the day, but less fluids before bed
  • Use a heat pad to warm your abdomen and reduce bladder discomfort
  • Empty your bladder completely before bed
  • Take your antibiotics as instructed by your doctor
What happens if you get a UTI while pregnant?

During pregnancy, hormonal changes, the expansion of your uterus, and the growing challenge of keeping your perineal area clean can put you at higher risk of a UTI. 

While pregnant women are less likely to contract a bladder infection, UTIs during pregnancy are more likely to spread to the kidneys, a far more serious condition. UTIs during pregnancy can also cause high blood pressure and premature delivery, so it’s important to consult with your doctor if you begin to show signs of a UTI while pregnant.

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