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By Anonymous October 14, 2012 - 3:42am
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I'm 16 and so it is hard to talk to others about this situation, especially my parents. However I have had 2 urinary tract infections in the past 5 months and I am constantly worrying about it, I also am getting the same symptoms again now (stinging sensation when I urinate, stomach aches, frequent and sudden urges to urinate) and I don't know what to do as clearly antibiotics haven't worked in the past. I'd be grateful for any help with what I should do and how I could prevent it in the future, Thanks.

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Hi Anon,

Welcome to EmpowHER.  The most common UTIs occur mainly in women and affect the bladder and urethra.

  1. Infection of the bladder (cystitis). This type of UTI is usually caused by Escherichia coli (E. coli), a type of bacteria commonly found in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. 
  2. Infection of the urethra (urethritis). This type of UTI can occur when GI bacteria spread from the anus to the urethra. 

Usually, symptoms clear up within a few days of treatment. But, you may need to continue antibiotics for a week or more. Take the entire course of antibiotics prescribed by your doctor to ensure that the infection is completely gone.

Take these steps to reduce your risk of urinary tract infections:

  1. Drink plenty of liquids, especially water. Drinking water helps dilute your urine and ensures that you'll urinate more frequently
  2. Wipe from front to back.
  3. Empty your bladder soon after intercourse. 
  4. Avoid potentially irritating feminine products.

Here are some resources for you,

Urinary Tract Infection



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