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Urinary Tract Infections

Do You Have Any Of These Symptoms?:

  • Pain or burning with urination, especially at the end of urination
  • Frequent urination
  • Cloudy or bloody urine
  • Lower abdominal pressure or pain
  • Pain with intercourse
  • Occasionally:fevers, chills, nausea, vomiting, back pain (in severe cases)


  • UTIs in females can be caused by vaginal intercourse.Bacteria from the bowel that live on the skin near the rectum or vagina can spread and enter the urethra during intercourse.They can travel to the bladder (causing “cystitis”), and occasionally, to the kidneys.
  • Waiting too long to urinate, on a daily basis, can also place a woman at increased risk for a UTI.It’s important to urinate regularly throughout the day.

 What To Do If You Suspect You Have A UTI:

  • Seek care at Health Services.
  • If antibiotics are prescribed, take them exactly as directed.
  • Drink extra fluids – at least 8 glasses of water or juice daily, in addition to your normal fluid intake.
  • Avoid alcohol, coffee, tea or soda until your symptoms clear.
  • Avoid intercourse during your course of treatment.
  • If urinating is painful, try urinating while in a tub of warm water.
  • Ask for Pyridium if you are experiencing significant pain with urination.This is a medication that will help to relieve the pain.It will make your urine look orange and can dye soft contact lenses.
  • If you develop the following symptoms of a kidney infection, call the health center immediately:fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, and/or back pain.

How To Avoid Getting A UTI:

  • Urinate when you feel the urge, or at least every 3-4 hours.
  • Always wipe from front to back.
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water or juice every day.
  • Urinate after intercourse.
  • Make sure you have some form of lubrication, natural or artificial, during intercourse.
  • Avoid irritating body products, feminine hygiene sprays, douches, deodorized
  • tampons, and perfumed toilet paper.
  • Stop intercourse if you begin to feel sore.Try changing positions, such as lying on your side.