Women’s Urinary Tract Infection
A urinary tract infection, also known as a UTI, is caused by bacteria in the urethra, the tube that carries urine out of the body. If you have a UTI, you will likely feel a burning sensation during urination and an intense urge to urinate.
Who Should See a UTI Specialist
You may be at an increased risk for contracting a UTI from conditions such as:
- Vaginal dryness
- Impaired flow of urine due to kidney stones, stroke or spinal cord injury
- Anatomical issues
- Strain of bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics
- Compromised immune system due to diabetes, pregnancy, multiple sclerosis or another condition
- Vesicoureteral reflux, which causes urine to flow backward from the bladder into the kidneys
If you experience persistent or recurring UTI, you should visit a urologist who can diagnose the cause and offer a treatment plan.
Our urologists use the latest tools and techniques to help determine the cause of your UTIs, including:
- Fluoroscopic urodynamic study, using computerized equipment and imaging technology to diagnose problems with your bladder or urethra
- Sonogram of the kidneys
- Physical exam
Treating Chronic UTI
Your personalized treatment plan may include low-dose antibiotic therapy. We also partner with other specialists to treat the underlying condition that is causing your UTI.
Our urologists don’t just diagnose and treat chronic or persistent UTI. We also help you prevent future infections. We may recommend prevention strategies including:
- Drinking lots of water
- Diet changes, such as adding nutritional supplements and avoiding foods and beverages that can irritate the urinary tract
- Emptying your bladder frequently and completely
- Altering bathroom habits and hygiene
- Avoiding hygiene or birth control products that can potentially cause irritation
- Estrogen therapy for menopausal women
Why Choose Hackensack Meridian Health for Urology Care
Hackensack University Medical Center has been ranked the #1 Urology Department in New Jersey for eight years in a row by U.S. News & World Report and is the only urology department in New Jersey that is nationally ranked.
Hackensack University Medical Center offers the only fellowship program in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery in the state of New Jersey. This program offers high-level, subspecialty training to surgeons who have completed their residency in urology or gynecology.
We collaborate with physicians throughout our world class health network and partner with Magnet® recognized nurses to provide patients with the most advanced and compassionate care.
Combining medical expertise, advanced technology, and state-of-the-art facilities, our physicians provide you with innovative diagnostic, treatment, prevention, and screening services for the full range of urologic disorders and diseases.