What causes a UTI and what is a urinary tract infection

How do you get a UTI?

A UTI (urinary tract infection) is a growth of harmful bacteria - mostly E. coli - in the urinary tract. When these bacteria attach to the wall of your urethra or bladder, they can quickly multiply into an infection. Although some bacteria are flushed away when you urinate, once attached, they can grow and spread. Left untreated, infection can move from the bladder to the kidneys and do even more harm. UTIs cause millions visits to the doctor each year.

Think you have a UTI?

If you think you have a UTI, see your doctor right away to receive an official diagnosis and start treatment, which will likely be an antibiotic. Taking ellura with your antibiotic while the infection clears and then continuing to take ellura once daily will help keep your urinary tract in check and help to constantly flush out bad bacteria that could lead to another urinary tract infection. ellura helps to prevent UTI-causing bacteria from attaching to your urinary tract wall and causing a UTI.

Women have a 50% chance of experiencing a UTI during their lifetime. Urinary tract infections are common in women and risk factors include:  sex, menopause, catheters, some medications, and more. See what other factors can increase your risks of developing a urinary tract infection.

At the Doctor

If you experience any of the symptoms above, you’re going to want to get to the doctor quickly. A UTI is just that painful. At the doctor, you will need to pee in a cup and the doctor will run a test to see if and what UTI-causing bacteria are present. Once a UTI has been confirmed, the doctor will likely prescribe antibiotics to clear the active infection.

If you’re having frequent UTIs, then your doctor may want to do a more detailed scan or a cystoscopy to see what’s going on within your urinary tract.

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Source: Amy B. Howell, Henry Botto et al. BMC Infectious Diseases 2010, 10:94. (

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