A very commonly seen health issue among women is urinary infection. Also known as UTI, this physical discomfort seems to be increasing by the day. On an analysis of the reason behind this lies the fact that women have a shorter urethra. However, urologist Dr.Cletus Georges gives us a deep insight into how and why this occurs so rampantly.
The female anatomy is held responsible for women being more susceptible to this physical ailment. The urethra becomes the hub of bacteria very easily owing to the short length of the urethra. The close placement of some of the body parts in a female which includes the rectum, the living space of bacteria, and the opening of the urethra makes the woman an easily available host for this disease to thrive in there.
Among the common reasons that can be held responsible for this comprise of the following:
- Skin sensitivity: When compared with their male counterparts, the skin of the external urethra is fragile and sensitive in women. The vulnerability of the skin of these areas is this very obvious. That is the reason this skin can be easily irritated and agitated. It could be said to be a hotspot for bacteria. Travelling from here to the urinary tract then is not a very big deal in that case and happens very swiftly.
- Use of contraception: contraceptives have become a thing of daily use among almost all women. There are a variety of such contraceptives available in the market, such as spermicides and diaphragms. These are often found to be a reason for irritation in the vagina. This again adds to the reason for the thriving of the bacteria in these places. The diaphragms mainly create pressure on the urethra and make it difficult to empty the bladder during urination completely. The remaining urine becomes a hub for bacteria and culminates into an infection.
- Menopause: the depletion in the vaginal tissue owing to the drop in the estrogen levels causes it to become more vulnerable and prone to infection.
These being the causes, Dr Cletus Georges, who graduated from Andrew’s University with a biomedical option, informs about symptoms of the infection and the preventive measures that can be taken to stay away from UTI. Among the most common signs to indicate that one is affected by UTI are:
- A burning sensation during urination
- The quantity of urine is relatively less when urinating, despite a strong urge to urinate is there
- The desire to frequent urination
- Slight pain in the abdomen
Visiting a urology specialist at the time when the above-mentioned symptoms begin to show is crucial asserts Dr.Cletus Georges. In addition to that maintaining personal hygiene is among the preliminary measures one can take to help avoid such a painful disorder. Cleaning the genitals after urination or a sexual encounter is very important in this regard. Drinking enough water to instigate the need to urinate frequently helps flush out the bacteria that may be present in the urethra. Along with that, one must empty the bladder completely when urinating to avoid the bacteria from being created in the residual urine of the bladder.
By following the preventive measures above, the womenfolk can certainly and effectively keep UTIs at bay.