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Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections
General Gynaecology 

Recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs)


Recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a common and frustrating issue, especially for women. Recurrent UTIs are defined as two or more UTIs within six months or three or more within a year. Here are some potential causes and treatment options for recurrent UTIs:

  1. Underlying medical conditions: Conditions such as diabetes or an anatomical abnormality in the urinary tract can increase the risk of recurrent UTIs. Identifying and treating underlying conditions is crucial for reducing the frequency of UTIs.
  2. Incomplete treatment: If an initial UTI is not treated completely or appropriately, it can lead to a persistent or recurrent infection. Completing a full course of antibiotics is essential for eradicating the bacteria that cause UTIs.
  3. Sexual activity: Sexual intercourse can introduce bacteria into the urinary tract, leading to an infection. Urinating after sex and practicing good hygiene can help prevent UTIs.
  4. Anatomical factors: Women with certain anatomical factors such as a short urethra, bladder prolapse, or kidney stones may be more prone to UTIs.
  5. Antibiotic prophylaxis: In some cases, a low-dose antibiotic taken daily or after sexual activity can help prevent UTIs.
  6. Natural remedies: Some natural remedies, such as cranberry supplements or probiotics, may help prevent UTIs. However, the evidence supporting their use is mixed, and they should not replace standard medical treatment.
  7. Lifestyle modifications: Drinking plenty of water, avoiding irritants like perfumed products, and maintaining good hygiene can all help reduce the risk of recurrent UTIs.


It is essential to work with a healthcare provider to identify the cause of recurrent UTIs and develop an appropriate treatment plan. A healthcare provider may recommend further testing or refer to a specialist for further evaluation or treatment.

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This article is written to be informative and does not substitute seeking a professional consultation from a medical professional.

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