Last week was hell of a week for my ‘John Thomas’… Could you believe that i had no idea whatsoever the gravity of discomfort attached with urinary tract infections (UTIs) when I see people exhibit it’s characteristic features. All I could say about it before last week were all I was taught about it while I was in school coupled with all I read about it in books, mags and online. However, the saying ‘personal experience is the best teacher’ cannot be better understood than this.
Oops! I must admit that my man tool saw pepper… I think it’s fire sef because the burning sensation I had down there, oh my gosh! (I couldn’t deal). Come to think of it sef, I guess I was so careless to have been infected with urethritis a kind of UTI (some ‘moods n emotions’ could just be too overwhelming sometimes and you only realise how stupidly you have acted after you are relieved of your orgasmic euphoria) but luckily for me, identifying and treating what I had was no big deal (no small thanks to Nursing). Meanwhile, I’m sure you don’t have the intentions of asking me how I got infected(Aswear! That would just pass for a jamb question).
Urinary tract infections(UTIs) are infections that invade the organs and tubes(kidneys, bladder, urethra) that pass urine out of the body. They are mostly caused by bacteria (escherichia coli.) which have the tendency to move from the anus to the urethra either manually or spontaneously. They could sometimes be gotten during sex. Ladies are more at risk due to the proximity of their urethral opening to the anus. Most infected people usually show localised signs and symptoms while few might show some general ones if it has moved above the bladder;
- Burning feeling on urination
- Frequent or intense urge to urinate even though the urine only comes out in little quantities
- Urine dribbling (leaking)
- Back/lower abdominal pain of the bladder or kidneys are involved
- Cloudy, dark, bloody or strong smelling urine
- Feeling tired or shaky
- Fever and chills
UTIs could be prevented by;
- Drinking lots of water to flush your system
- Emptying your bladder more often… Don’t try to hold urine for too long
- Keeping your genital area dry by wearing cotton underwear and loose fitting clothing.
- Avoiding tight jeans and nylon underwear as they can trap moisture (an ideal environment for bacteria)
- Ladies- choose showers over baths; cleanse your genital area before and after sex;urinate after sex to flush out any intruding bacteria from your urethra; wipe from front to back after using the toilet so you don’t move bacteria from the anus to the urethra;stay away from feminine hygiene sprays, douches etc as they may irritate your genital area.
If you suspect you have UTIs, see your Healthcare giver. You will be asked to provide a urine sample that will be tested for UTIs causing bacteria. The major treatment regimens are antibiotics.