So I am a 23 year old female. I had my first UTI when I was 19. It was not caused by sex. I was still a virgin. Because I was unfamiliar with UTI's I let it go untreated too long and it turned into a kidney infection. With antibiotics, I was treated and healed within a week. Ever since then I have had multiple UTI's and I am now sexually active. I am also on the depo shot. I get yeast infections quite frequently as well. I would say on average I probably get 5 to 6 UTI's a year. Not all of my urine cultures come back positive but I still am given antibiotics since the symptoms are present. I have been doing more research on UTI's and have discovered that doctors can prescribe you antibiotics with unlimited refills for people who have them often. Why won't my doctor do this? I know the symptoms of a UTI well enough by now that I hate going to the doctor because I know the treatment procedure. All he says is to come in when I feel like I have one. Does he not know how annoying this is?! And when I ask him why I get so many UTI's he just says some women have more bacteria in the body than others. I drink cranberry juice, take cranberry pills, pee before and after sex, I drink lots of water and I still get them a lot. I actually have one right now. I was seen last week and given antibiotics but the macrobid and pyridium didn't work as I need a 2nd dose so I have to call and see what they can do. I'm just wondering if anyone who knows anything about the bladder and UTI's, could tell me what they know and why they might think i get these so much.
Women get utis' easily because the tube to the bladder is so short. There may be the possiblity that its a yeast infection and the antibiotics would make it worse. They should probably give you diflucan when they give you antibiotics if you have the history of yeast. If I were you I would see a urologist. You may have a structural defect that causes it or the dr may not be giving you the antibiotic long enough to get rid of it.
I have had chronic UTIs since I was a child but they got worse when I hit adulthood and also when I became sexually active. At least 1-2 UTIs a month. After IVP tests and multiple cystoscopies, it was determined that my bladder did not fully empty when voiding - leaving a breeding ground for bacteria. After learning how to fully empty my bladder the UTIs were less frequent but I still had them often enough to warrant some other treatment. I finally found a steady urologist (instead of rotating family practice guys) and having him see my file of literally hundreds of urinalysis results and declaring that "I know my body well enough", he placed me on a maintenance dose of Bactrim DS. I take it for a few days whenever I feel the symptoms of a UTI and also prophylactically after sex (2-3 tablets 12 hours apart). I simply see the doc once a year and have as many refills of the medicine as I need. About once every couple of years, I get a UTI that the Bactrim can control but not quite cure so I have a spare Rx for 5 days of Cipro which to date, has always worked. It may be helpful to note that as I got older the UTIs gradually decreased in frequency (I'm now in my early 50's) and I only end up with 1 or 2 full blown UTIs a year now. Good luck!
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