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Urinary Tract Infections and Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Understanding the Differences

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Confused about the difference between a urinary tract infection and a sexually transmitted disease, received after sexual intercourse? Dr. Mo Akl understands this confusion and explains the difference simply and clearly.

After sexual intercourse, if bacteria from the vagina enters the urethra and then the bladder, a urinary tract infection can develop. Keep in mind that this is not the same as a sexually transmitted disease.

Your doctor can determine whether you're dealing with a urinary tract infection or a sexually transmitted disease. Vaginal and cervical cultures will be taken and the tests can be carried out right there in the doctor's office.

"Dr. Mo Akl is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowship trained in Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive surgery. Dr. Akl completed four years of residency training in general Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hurley Medical Center affiliated with Michigan State University followed by an additional three years of fellowship training in urogynecology and pelvic reconstructive surgery at the renowned Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, one of the best training institutions in urogynecology, pelvic surgery, laparoscopic and da Vinci robotic surgery."

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