UTI 101

What is a UTI?

A urinary tract infection, commonly referred to as a UTI, is an infection found in any part of your urinary system. Though most UTIs are typically in the lower urinary tract within the bladder and the urethra.,

While both men and women can experience the trouble of a UTI, women tend to suffer from them more often. This is because female urethras are shorter than those of a male. The female's anus is positioned closer to the urethra, making it easier for E. Coli, the most common bacteria known to develop UTIs, to travel up into the bladder and kidneys. 

Who Can Get a UTI?

Anyone can get a UTI. Around 50–60% of women will endure a UTI in their lifetime. Just 3% of males will experience one. While UTIs are not an STD, they can occur if you are sexually active or have contracted chlamydia or gonorrhea. Even if you are abstinent, anything that brings bacteria into contact with your urethra can cause a UTI. For example, UTIs are a principal reason doctors tell women to wipe from front to back after a washroom trip! 

You're more likely to get a UTI if you:

○ have had one before
○ have diabetes
○ suffer from obesity
○ utilize a spermicide or a diaphragm
○ have kidney stones or another urinary tract obstruction

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!) to avoid spreading any harmful bacteria.

Avoid tight pants

Wearing tight pants traps heat and moisture 'down there,' which creates a favorable environment for bacteria to grow.

Change your feminine hygiene products often

It can get a little hot and sweaty down there during your menstruation cycle. 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 doctor-proven options to help maintain a healthy urinary tract by promoting the natural flushing of bacteria.

What Causes Urinary Tract Infections? (UTI)

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

Certain specific conditions cause an overgrowth of bacteria, such as warm temperatures, moisture, environmental pH, and oxygen, creating a breeding ground for bacteria and resulting in UTIs.

A small portion of the population suffers from urinary tract infections regularly — either every few months or weeks. To successfully prevent urinary tract infections from coming back, it's essential to find out what's causing them in the first place!

Other common causes of UTIs.


One of the common reasons why UTIs are triggered is because of sex. "During sexual intercourse, thrusting can introduce bacteria up the urethra and into the bladder, increasing the risk of a UTI," explains Dr. Lakeisha Richardson, MD, OB-GYN. But don't worry, UTIs are not contagious, and you do not need to stop having sex! 

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Recurrent UTIs are common among healthy women at midlife, as their hormones are evolving. As the estrogen hormone allows the good bacteria to thrive and keep the harmful bacteria at bay, UTIs may become a regular occurrence in postmenopausal women. 

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Spinal Cord Injuries

If you live with a spinal cord injury, you are likely aware that there is a higher risk of developing urinary tract infections. This is due to the necessity for catheters, or a sudden loss of bladder control.

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When faced with a UTI, both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can have serious implications when the body cannot fight off an infection or is up to twice as likely to develop urinary tract infections. This, coupled with higher probabilities of occurring with high blood glucose, UTIs can feel inevitable for some living with diabetes.

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What Are the Types of UTIs?

Each type of UTI has a different name based on where it is in your urinary tract. Cystitis is an infection of the bladder. Urethritis is an infection of the urethra. Pyelonephritis is an infection of the kidneys. The most common UTIs occur mainly in women, affecting the bladder caused by E. coli, a type of bacteria commonly found in the gastrointestinal tract. 

What Are the Symptoms of a UTI?

Unfortunately, UTI symptoms can be overlooked or mistaken for something else, especially for older adults. Although many common signs include: 

○ Strong and frequent urge to urinate
○ Pain or a burning sensation when you pee
○ Cloudy, bloody, or strong-smelling urine
○ Fever and chills
○ Urinating frequently, but in small amounts
○ Nausea and vomiting
○ Feeling very tired or shaking
○ Muscle aches, abdominal pain, or lower back pain
○ Pelvic pain (in women)

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

Utiva UTI Test Strips are an easy and convenient alternative to heading to the doctor's office when you feel a UTI coming on. Our Health Canada Approved strips give you a clinically accurate reading in just 2 minutes when you need to test for a UTI at home or while travelling.

Test safely and simply and then follow up with your doctor when needed!

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"Was super easy to use and gave accurate results. Super convenient, I didn't have to go into the doctor's office to do any additional tests and was able to get a prescription." 

Stop UTIs before they start.

"Managing recurrent urinary tract infections can be complex. Antibiotics are the first-line treatment, but there are clinically proven options that can help prevent recurrences," explains Dr. Colleen Mcdermott, a Urogynecologist at Mount Sinai Hospital. "The evidence supports PACs as being the cranberry's active molecule, which prevents bacterial adherence to the bladder wall, thus reducing recurrent UTIs."

While antibiotics are essential for preventing a bacterial infection, they should be used sparingly, as you can become resistant to helpful antibiotics. The only way to reduce antibiotic usage is to prevent infections from occurring as best possible.

How to monitor and prevent UTIs.

While antibiotics should be the way you treat UTIs under your physician's care, one of the most powerful ways to remedy a UTI is prevention. Utiva's Control Supplement is packed with a high dose of PACs, the bioactive component from cranberries, and is clinically proven to help maintain a healthy urinary tract by stopping bacteria from sticking and promoting the natural flushing.


"I have had chronic UTIs for years and have not had one for about six months now, which for me is a record!"

Why Utiva?

We know there's more to life, so we took the hard part, the science, and created the most effective UTI products recommended by doctors and loved by patients. Using the highest quality of all ingredients, we work with leading medical experts to develop our products to be the most potent on the market.  Learn more about Utiva here.