Health Watch: UTI's

RAPID CITY, SD (KEVN) Many women experience urinary tract infections at some point in their life but if you have had more than two documented UTI's in the last six months you should probably see your doctor. This needs to be more extensively evaluated because there can be other causes. First, it is really important to not be over-diagnosed with UTI based on anything other than a urine culture which should grow out a bacteria that comes from your bladder. If a culture is done when you have symptoms and know bacteria grows out it could be that your symptoms are caused by something like postmenopausal vaginal dryness or even bacterial yeast infection in the vagina. As a woman ages, there are changes in the anatomy of the pelvis that could increase the women's risk of getting recurrent UTI's. Other conditions can be not emptying your bladder, constipation, sometimes stress. You need to schedule an appointment with your doctor if you have or feel like you are getting reoccurring UTI's. Tips to try to decrease the risk and frequency of UTI's include making sure that you don't have chronic constipation, drinking 50-60 ounces of water a day and making sure you avoid sugary drinks. Make sure to see your family doctor if you think you are having reoccurring UTI's. This is Dr. Nancy Babbitt from Creekside Medical Clinic