Do you have a urinary tract infection? UTIs are common, especially for women. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than half of women will get at least one in their lifetimes.
So just what is a UTI?
A UTI occurs when there is an infection of some part of the urinary system, which includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. But most urinary tract infections occur in the lower urinary tract, which includes the bladder and the urethra.
Not only can UTIs be painful, but they also can wreak havoc on one’s daily routine, causing the sufferer to urinate often, and painfully. The feeling is described as a burning sensation -- and often involves very little urine. The urine can look dark or cloudy and smell strong, and pelvic pain can be present.
Here are eight common causes of UTIs. And remember that if you do have a UTI, it’s important to seek medical help. Antibiotics are usually necessary.