A urinary tract infection (UTI) happens when bacteria adheres to the bladder wall and infects parts of the urinary tract. Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a painful bladder condition with an unknown cause. How can we tell the difference between the two? Board Certified Urologist, Yana Barbalat gives us her take on what sets these two conditions apart.
UTIs tend to peak at two time periods in a woman’s life. Typically, between the ages of 18 and 30, and again after the age of 60. In men, UTIs are uncommon until after the age of 60. Dr. Yana Barbalat breaks it down to better understand why we're more prone to UTIs as we age.
Vulvadynia is a chronic pain disorder, localized to the opening of the vagina and the vulva. Women who have vulvodynia often complain of pain with sexual intercourse and tampon insertion. Some symptoms of vulvodynia can overlap with those of a typical UTI, such as vaginal burning, vaginal pressure, frequency, and urgency to urinate.
Communication is key in any relationship, and the same goes for talking about your UTI struggles. Here’s how to chat about UTIs with your partner and what they can do to support you best.
You may be familiar with recurrent UTIs, but do you know what an embedded UTI is? Although not a medical term, an embedded UTI is from a persistent source of infection and will often come back after the use of antibiotics to reinfect the urine.
Our top tips and prevention techniques to stop summer UTIs before they start — from keeping your bikini dry to upgrading your daily supplements.
My vaginal pain began 3 years ago, with a throbbing and burning pain originally isolated to during and after intercourse. That pain quickly escalated to every-day soreness, itchiness, and shooting pains up my vaginal walls. It took a year and a half to get a proper diagnosis.
Wondering what prevention method to take for your UTIs? So much is said about D-mannose and cranberry PACs. Board Certified Urologist Doctor Dana Rice breaks down the pros and cons of each supplement.
Can poor hygiene practices be the cause of my UTIs? Board Certified Urologist Dr. Yana Barbalat answers this question.
Q&A: Is it OK to use coconut oil as vaginal lube or to keep your vulva's skin soft and smelling pleasant?
Although studies on the use of coconut oil in the vaginal area are lacking, most physicians do feel that coconut oil is generally safe to use as a vaginal moisturizer, natural lubricant, and soothing agent
From bladder problems to catheters, here’s everything you need to know about spinal cord injuries and UTIs - including how to prevent them.
After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Alaina’s health was still relatively stable. That is until chronic UTIs and MS bladder issues kept her bedridden for over six months.
Tired of stressed-out sleepless nights? Follow these tips to stay relaxed, improve your sleep, and steer clear of health issues like UTIs.
Ready to break the antibiotics cycle? Here’s how probiotics can improve your gut health and prevent urinary tract infections. Plus, the best probiotic for UTI treatment.
12% of all men will have at least one UTI in their lifetime. From causes to treatment and long-term prevention, here’s everything you need to know about UTIs in men.
Is it a UTI or pelvic floor dysfunction? From symptoms to causes to treatment, we’re breaking down PFD and how pelvic physical therapy can help prevent UTIs.
About 60% of all women will experience a UTI in their life. With those odds, it’s essential to know where UTIs in women come from and how you can stop them.
Tired of battling with menopausal UTIs? From hormonal throws to bladder woes, here is everything you need to know about how to prevent UTIs during menopause.
Antibiotics are a quick fix for UTIs, but they can cause serious problems long-term. Here’s everything you need to know about UTI prevention without prescriptions.