Most UTIs go away after treatment. Chronic or recurrent urinary tract issues (UTIs) are problems of the urinary tract that either don’t respond to treatment or keep recurring. Bacteria can enter the urinary tract from the outside to cause a UTI to come back, or a recurrent issue can be caused by bacteria that remain in the urinary tract after a previous problem. In the latter case, these bacteria are typically protected by biofilm, and eventually these renegade bacteria cells re-invade, ultimately establishing a colony of antibiotic-resistant bacteria primed to attack again and again. When a UTI occurs more than twice in six months or three times in a year, it is considered to be recurrent.
A First-Time UTI Can Be the Start of a Recurrent Trend.
As we’ve seen above, there are many factors that put people at risk for recurrent UTIs. Some reasons are physical, behavioral, or age-related, but as we’ll learn, running into the wrong type of “resistant” bacteria can make all the difference in developing a recurrent UTI. Please ensure to explore the following subtabs of this section to find more details about UTIs and preventative tips that may be more relevant to you.
Sex & UTIs: Increased sexual activity is one of the top reasons women contract urinary tract infections (UTIs). Read on for some handy tips to reduce your risk of getting UTIs from sex.
Menopause & UTIs: After menopause, a decline in circulating estrogen causes changes in the urinary tract that make women more vulnerable to infection. Find out why !
Diabetes & UTIs: If you’re a person with Type 2 diabetes, your risk of developing UTIs may be even higher than non-diabetics. Click here for some prevention tips to reduce your risk of getting UTIs.
Limited Mobility, Injuries & UTIs: If you have mobility issues or are bedridden, following a spinal cord injury for example, you may be at higher risk of getting UTIs. Find out how to prevent them!
Elderly & UTIs: Learn more about your options to both treat and prevent recurrent UTIs.
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FAQ: For frequently asked questions, click here.