Ask The Expert
November 29, 2012
Women are much more likely than men to have urinary tract infections (UTIs). And itís common for women to get them again. Doctors call this problem recurrent UTIs. In a study of college women, about 25% had a second infection within 6 months of the first one.
Doctors define recurrent UTIs as:
Risk factors for recurrent UTIs include:
There are many ways that could help decrease the number of UTIs:
If none of the above help, discuss antibiotics with your doctor. You could:
There are some things to consider when deciding whether or not to take antibiotics for prevention. For example, taking a lot of antibiotics can cause diarrhea. Also, you increase your chance of having a UTI resistant to the usual antibiotics.