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Frequently Asked Questions

On average, what percentage of pregnant women develop UTIs?

Urinary tract infections affect about 1.5 percent of pregnant women in the United States.

How can women prevent urinary tract infections?

Women can take preventative measures to avoid urinary tract infections. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Urinate when needed and not hold for long hours.
  • Always wipe from front to back after using the restroom to prevent bacteria from the anus or vagina from spreading into the urethra.
  • Douches and feminine hygiene sprays might irritate the urethra, so avoid them.
  • Rather than sitting in a bath, take a shower.
  • Wear cotton underwear and avoid clothing that is too tight.
A pregnant woman who develops a UTI needs prompt treatment. True or False?

True. To avoid a kidney infection, a pregnant woman who develops a UTI should seek treatment as soon as possible. High blood pressure, early labor, preterm delivery, and low birth weight can all be symptoms of kidney infection during pregnancy.

What causes UTIs in men?

In men, urinary stones or an enlarged prostate can restrict urine flow and result in a urinary tract infection.

Drinking water may provide some relief from UTI pain. True or False?

True. Infections in the urinary tract can be extremely painful. Using a heating pad and drinking plenty of water to flush the urinary tract and clear it of bacteria are two home remedies that may provide pain relief.