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Urinary Tract Infection

Physicians and Surgeons for Women

Obstetricians & Gynecology located in Springfield, OH

Women may have a higher risk of developing urinary tract infections (UTIs) than men. At Physicians and Surgeons for Women in Springfield, Ohio, the team of providers treat people with urinary tract infections to alleviate their symptoms, address any underlying problems, and help prevent complications. If you have difficulty urinating or pain during urination, call the office for an appointment.

Urinary Tract Infections Q & A

What causes a urinary tract infection?

Urinary tract infections occur when bacteria get into your urinary tract. The bacteria may only affect your urethra or they may travel up to your urinary bladder or kidney.

Urinary tract infections have different names, depending on their location:

  • Urethritis is an infection of the urethra
  • Cystitis is a bladder infection
  • Pyelonephritis is a kidney infection

Urinary tract infections are common in women at every age. 

What symptoms develop due to a urinary tract infection?

You may not have symptoms if your urinary tract infection is mild. When symptoms do appear, you will experience:

  • Frequent urination
  • Strong urge to urinate
  • Urine leakage
  • Passing a small amount of urine
  • Strong-smelling urine
  • Cloudy urine
  • Dark or pink urine (indicating bleeding)
  • Lower abdominal pain

If the bacterial infection reaches your kidneys, you will have a fever, nausea, and pain in your upper back.

What is a complicated urinary tract infection?

Complicated urinary tract infections occur when you have a high risk of treatment failure, your urinary tract infection is associated with another problem in your urinary tract, or you have a health condition that makes you vulnerable to complications from a urinary tract infection.

Possible reasons for a complicated urinary tract infection include:

  • Recurrent urinary tract infections
  • Urinary tract infections during pregnancy
  • Urinary tract infections in patients with kidney disease
  • Urinary tract infections in kidney transplant patients
  • Urinary tract infections in patients with a weak immune system
  • Urinary tract infections caused by an unusual microorganism, such as yeast
  • Urinary tract infections after insertion of tubes, stents, or catheters

Urinary tract infections are also considered complicated if you have a blockage in your urinary tract due to kidney stones, polyps, tumors, or structural defects.

How are urinary tract infections treated?

The first line of treatment for a urinary tract infection includes an antibiotic and treating the underlying condition if one exists. Recurrent and complicated urinary tract infections require a longer course of antibiotics.

The team at Physicians and Surgeons for Women may send your urine to the lab to identify the type of bacteria. With that information, they can give you the antibiotic that targets the specific bacteria.

When you need quick treatment for a urinary tract infection, call Physicians and Surgeons for Women.