What is a UTI?

What is a UTI?

UTI How-To's

What’s a UTI?

A urinary tract infection is an infection of your urinary system, which can include infection in urethra, bladder, kidney and uterus. Usually infections are in the lower urinary tract, meaning the urethra and bladder. 

People with vaginas and penises can both get UTIs, but people with vaginas are at higher risk and tend to get them more frequently. 

What are common UTI symptoms? 

UTI symptoms can include a burning sensation when peeing, an urge to pee frequently, cloudy urine that might smell off, pink or bloody urine, and pelvic pain. 

What causes UTIs? 

UTIs are caused by bacteria entering the urinary tract. This can occur in many ways, but triggers can include sex (sometimes a new partner can increase risk), not completely emptying your bladder or holding your pee for extremely long periods of time, certain types of birth control (diaphragms and spermicide primarily), and menopause. Having a vagina increases your risk since the urethra is shorter and bacteria doesn’t have to travel as far to get to the bladder. 

Are UTIs an STD? 

UTIs are not an STD. 

How are UTIs treated? 

More severe UTIs including blood in urine or burning that won’t go away will likely require medical attention and potentially antibiotics. Less severe UTIs can be cured without antibiotics. If you are concerned about your UTI symptoms please contact your doctor. You can relieve UTI pain with Cheeky Bonsai’s fast-acting tablets while treating the infection with or without antibiotics. 

How can UTIs be avoided?

Symptomatic UTIs can be treated with antibiotics, but other measures can be taken to cure and prevent them:

- Stay hydrated (!!!!)

- Pee after sex

- Wipe front to back

- Wash sex toys after use

- Wear cotton underwear

- Change out of sweaty clothes after exercising

- Use Cheeky Bonsai’s UTI Drink Mix (with D-Mannose, cranberry antioxidants, and electrolytes to support a healthy urinary tract)