Think You Might Have a UTI? This is The Best (and Easiest) Way to Be Sure - Women's Health

Think You Might Have a UTI? This is The Best (and Easiest) Way to Be Sure

And it doesn’t involve going to a doctor’s office.

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Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a special kind of below-the-belt hell. Whether you find yourself sitting on the toilet and feeling like your fiery pee just wants to keep coming, or you can’t quite place that funky smell coming from your undies, a UTI usually likes to make itself known.

Don’t panic, though, a UTI is one of the most common infections women get: One in five women will get a UTI in their lifetime, according to Kidney Health Australia, with women getting UTIs up to 30 times more often than men. The worst part? Once you get a UTI, it makes you more prone to having them again in the future, with 20 to 30 percent of women having repeat infections. 

So, why do we get them? 

A UTI is a condition in which bacteria gets up inside your urethra, urinary tract or kidneys, and cause an infection. There are many different types of bacteria that can cause an infection in your urinary system, but the most common is e. Coli, a germ found in your poop and raw meat.

Normally your lady parts run a tight ship and your labia and urethral sphincter keep bad stuff out, but occasionally, bacteria makes it in, and once inside you, it will multiply, usually in your bladder, causing the symptoms of the infection.

How can I be sure it is a UTI? 

For most women, figuring out if they have a UTI is part guessing game, part doctor Google, and part brushing it off as something they ate. But if left untreated, the infection can actually move up into your kidneys. When this happens it is called acute pyelonephritis and it can be quite serious, potentially leading to complications like sepsis, which require hospitalisation. 

While normally, the next and step would be to head over to the doctors office so they can collect a urine sample and send it to the lab for culture – it can take days to get results. And who really wants explain to the doctor that you think you have a UTI…again. 

Well, thanks to Health Alert, you don’t actually have to. 

Health Alert’s Screening Kit, a self-testing kit for urinary tract infections, allows women (and men) to figure out if they have a UTI almost instantly.

Giving you comfort and ease while removing the need for unnecessary awkward doctors appointments, the kit comes with an easy-to-use testing strip, which will reveal if that burning feeling actually is a UTI within 2 minutes of use.

Check it out here.

 

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By Nikolina Ilic

Nikolina is the web-obsessed Digital Editor at Men's and Women's Health, responsible for all things social media and .com. A lover of boxing, she spends most of the time in the gym or with her husband and daughter. She was previously a Digital Editor at GQ and Vogue magazine.

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