Chronic UTI, also called recurring or persistent UTI happens when a person’s urine tests positive three times in 12 months. It could also be two positives in 6 months. It may affect the upper urinary tract, including the uterus and kidneys or the lower, urethra, bladder, and prostate.  The infection is majorly caused when bacteria enter the system through the urethra. Some of the symptoms include;

  • Desire to urinate even shorty after emptying the bladder
  • Urgent need to urinate
  • Burning sensation when urinating
  • Lower back pain
  • Bloody, smelly, or cloudy urine

Risk factors

  • Previous UTI history
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Spermicides use
  • Sex
  • Menopausal hormonal changes


Treatment mainly involves antibiotics, such as a low dose to last long or an advanced prescription taken after sex for prevention. Pain relievers may also be prescribed for alleviating discomfort.

Prevention tips

  • Urinate immediately after sex and before
  • Avoid body washes with fragrance
  • Wipe front to back after short and long calls
  • Drink more water to flush out bacteria from your system
  • Choosing cotton panties and loose outfits
  • Proper cleaning of sex organs before and after sex

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MS, University of Latvia

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