UTI 101

A UTI (urinary tract infection, also known as cystitis or bladder infection) is an infection in any part of your urinary system. While both men and women can experience the discomfort of a UTI, women tend to suffer from them more often. Female urethras are shorter than those of a male and the anus is located closer to it, making it easier for bacteria to travel up into the bladder and kidneys. If the bacteria doesn’t get removed, it can cause irritation, which will lead to infection. Without treatment, UTIs can lead to more serious conditions.

Did you know?

10 Million

UTIs are responsible for nearly 10 million doctor visits each year


60% of women will experience a UTI at least once


25% of women will have chronic UTIs

Ways to Prevent UTIs in your everyday routine

Stay hydrated

The more water you drink, the more often you urinate. That means your urinary tract is continuously being flushed of potentially harmful bacteria that could cause an infection.

Pee before and after sex

Peeing flushes out any harmful bacteria that might have been spread around while you were doing the deed.

Wipe from front to back

Women are more prone to UTIs because the anus is located close to the urethra. When you go to the bathroom, make sure you always wipe from front to back (and use that paper once per swipe!) so that you don't spread any harmful bacteria.

Avoid tight pants

Wearing tight pants traps heat and moisture around your “down there”, which creates a favourable environment for bacteria to grow.

Change your feminine hygiene products often

It can get a little hot and sweaty down there when Aunt Flo comes to town. Replacing your pads or tampons often prevents those pesky bacteria from getting too comfortable.

Natural Supplements with Utiva

There are many natural options to consider and Utiva provides a doctor proven option which is simple, easy and effective to reduce the number of your UTI episodes without antibiotics.

What causes a UTI?

Simply put, urinary tract infections are caused by a breach in the body's natural defense system, which causes an overgrowth in bacteria in any part of the urinary tract such as the urethra, bladder, or kidneys. 

There are certain specific conditions that cause an overgrowth of bacteria. Warm temperatures, moisture, environmental pH and oxygen create a breeding ground for bacteria and resulting in UTIs.

A small portion of the population suffers from urinary tract infections on a recurring basis — either every few months or weeks. In order to successfully prevent urinary tract infections from coming back, it's important to find out what's causing them in the first place!

Other common causes of UTIs. Read more in our Youtiva Blog

Spinal Cord Injuries
Learn More

UTI symptoms

Are you experiencing any of the following? We’re here to help. 

☐ Strong and frequent urge to urinate;
☐ Pain or a burning sensation when you pee;
☐ Cloudy, bloody, or strong-smelling urine;
☐ Fever and chills;
☐ Nausea and vomiting;
☐ Feeling very tired or shaking;
☐ Muscle aches, abdominal pain or lower back pain.

Going to a doctor to test if you have a UTI can be frustrating.

There’s an easier way.

Say hello to at-home UTI diagnosis with:
Utiva UTI Test Strips