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A 31-year-old member asked:

what could be the reason why i keep getting uti's?

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Dr. Jeremy Gitomer
Nephrology and Dialysis 29 years experience
Needs evalUation: Urinary stasis allows bacteria to grow in stagnant urine. Causes can be incomplete bladder emptying, or a bladder diverticulum. You could have a connection between the colon and the bladder. There can be immunologic reasons. The bladder mucus should have the antigens a, b, o (blood type antigens) present. These prevent bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall. 10% of people do not secrete.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

How do doctors diagnose utis?

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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Urine tests: The definite answer is from a test called a "urine culture", which allows bacteria (if present) to grow in an incubator. Since that takes a few days, we also rely on a quick "urinalysis" to give hints about whether a UTI is likely or not.
A 23-year-old member asked:

I have very frequint utis sometimes as often as twice a month an I don't take baths what could bd causing this?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Edward Neilsen
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Several things: The three most common causes are baths, thongs, and intercourse (make sure you urinate afterward). Other things that can contributed are hygeine (you should wipe front to back). If none of these are issues, ask your doctor to culture the urine to identify the exact bacteria - this may give some clues as to where it is coming from.
Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Also check for diabetes and abnormal anatomy.
Jan 7, 2012
Fort Lauderdale, FL
A 23-year-old female asked:

I have a problem with getting utis very easily is there anything that can help with that? Could there be an underlying problem?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
UTI too often: Yes. Often there is an underlying problem. It is a good idea to see your doctor or a urologist to help determine the cause and help you with prevention.
Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Urology 27 years experience
It is recommended that you get a kidney imaging study and telescope study in the bladder (cystoscopy) to evaluate your anatomy for blockage, retention of urine, scarring, stones, etc.
Feb 1, 2012
Stanford, CA
A 27-year-old female asked:

What are some treatments for recurrent utis?

6 doctor answers16 doctors weighed in
Dr. Glenn Skow
Family Medicine 12 years experience
First ask why?: While utis are common in females, recurrent ones, depending on frequency, is not. Before determining treatment, it is important to find out why you have recurrent utis. It can be a structural problem like reflux or obstruction or it can be a matter of hygiene. It is important to see your doc to find out why.
A 18-year-old member asked:

I get repeated uti's, can this effect my reproductive system?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Reproductive system: Probably not as long as you are treated properly and each infection is cured.

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