Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms in Females: Its Causes & Remedies

Question: My mother is having repeated urinary tract infection and along with this she has klebsiella pneumonia. She is having quite urine pressure when she lies down to sleep. And she can’t wait to run to the loo. Please suggest some home remedies or cures for urinary tract infection.

Answer:

What is your mother’s age?

Does she have the following symptoms?

  • Fever.
  • Increased frequency to urinate.
  • Pain or burning in the urethra.
  • Pain in the abdomen.
  • Blood or pus in urine.
  • Is the urine smelly?

Causes Of Urinary Tract Infection In Females

Some of primary causes of UTI in women include:

  • Sexual intercourse as a cause of UTI in women.
    Women’s anatomy, the way it is made, make it more susceptible to bacterial infections. The bacteria from the women’s vagina or the rectal area may get an entry into the urinary tract and the bladder via the urethra during intercourse.  Women who change partners often are likely to have a higher rate of UTI occurrence.
  • Holding the urine for too long may also cause UTI. When you do not release the urine on time, the bladder muscles get stretched. If this happens often, the bladder muscles get weak over time, and will eventually not be able to empty all the urine from the bladder.
    The left over urine in the bladder thus enhances the chances of contracting the infection. This is one of the common causes of urinary tract infection in women.
  • The opening near the rectum hosts the bacteria. Due to some action, like wiping from back to front, may transport the bacteria from the rectum to the urinary tract through the urethra. This may cause infection to the urinary tract and the bladder.

Home Remedies For Female Urinary Tract Infection

  • Step up your water intake to 3 to 3 1/2 liters per day. Water plays a vital role in the elimination of wastes and toxins.
  • Additionally, take lots of fluids like clear soups, fruit and vegetable juices, coconut water, milk, buttermilk. Your total fluid intake should be about 4 liters or more per day.
  • Remember to boil the water before drinking.
  • If you have been swimming, make sure you take a shower soon after and dry the areas around your abdomen well. UTI and swimming are associated closely especially if you do not clean up fast after you are done with swimming.
  • Bananas are a wonder remedy in the treatment of urinary tract infection. Consume up to 6 bananas a day.

Symptoms Of UTI In Women

Some of the common symptoms of UTI include:

  • Strong urge to urinate. You are almost not able to control and are very uncomfortable.
  • The urination is a bit painful and burning, sometimes it may be accompanied with a mix of blood.
  • You may experience soreness in your abdomen and back.
  • The frequency and urge to urinate increases.
  • The infection may also lead to back pain, abdomen pain, fever and nausea.

Precautions For Preventing UTI In Women

  • Avoid bubble baths.
  • If you swim, you must take extra precaution. A swimming pool breeds a host of microbes.
  • Don’t share individual things like towel and soap.
  • You must pass urine after sexual intercourse.
  • If you suffer from constipation often then check it by drinking plenty of water.
  • Be very particular in matters of hygiene.
  • Urinary tract infection is not very common in men, whereas it is common and recurs frequently in women.
  • Regarding the involuntary passage of urine, how bad is it? Is there constant dribbling, all day long or is there incontinence only if you cough or sneeze or strain?
  • This will get checked once the infection is controlled. You might have to take a course of antibiotics if the infection persists.

4 Comments

  1. michaela said:

    I am female 20 years old and this UTI started this morning..I got some antibiotics but am just wondering about other do’s and don’ts…if i have sexual intercourse can I pass it to him? should I not share hand towels or hand soaps even? What are some of the preventive measures and treatment for urinary tract infection?

    thank you for your help – this site has been helpful 🙂

    August 17, 2009
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  2. C S said:

    I am 26yrs old married (female) staying in Kansas, I have two kids, from last 10-15 days, I have been facing urinary tract infection, my doctor has given me some medicines, but i am not seeing much improvement, I want to try some home remedies for uti, can you please tell me some effective remedy for my problem.

    September 13, 2009
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  3. KN said:

    I am 20 years old. I experienced painful urination after intercourse. I also passed blood in the urine. I have a lot of pain now. Do I need to get myself checked with a doctor?

    January 27, 2013
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    • PUP said:

      The symptoms that you are describing are often referred as ‘honeymoon cystitis’. It is urinary tract infection, usually occurring among females who have intercourse for the first time. However, nowadays the term has become obsolete; instead many medical articles refer it as ‘sexual cystitis’. Sometimes it is bacterial infection introduced by the man. At other times it is mechanical action and certain positions that can irritate the vaginal wall near the bladder and eventually cause infection of the bladder. Burning sensation while peeing and frequent urging are common symptoms. More severe symptoms are blood in urine, fever, pain lasting for many days etc. You should consult a doctor and start an antibiotic treatment. Drink plenty of water. Cranberry juice protects the bladder as it prevents the bacteria sticking to the bladder wall. Avoid too much of coffee, tea, and other citrus fruit juices.

      January 28, 2013
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