December 21, 2023
What is a UTI? Why do I get them so often? Read how Hey Jane's clinical care team breaks down UTI causes, treatments, and more.
If you’ve noticed burning with urination or that you’re urinating more often than usual, you may have a urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infections, or UTIs, are common and happen when bacteria enters your urethra and begin to grow in your urinary tract. UTIs require a prescription to treat. If you think you may need care, Hey Jane can help.
While sex can introduce bacteria into your urethra and cause an infection, urinary tract and bladder infections are not sexually transmitted, and if you have a UTI, you can’t pass it to sexual partners. However, because vaginal penetration can irritate the urinary tract, sex should be avoided during a UTI until you’ve completed a course of antibiotics.
Practicing good sexual hygiene can reduce your chances of getting a urinary tract infection. Always urinate before and after sex, avoid vaginal penetration after anal sex, and make sure you and your partner have clean hands and genitals before engaging in sexual activity.
Because urinary tract infections are caused by bacteria that live naturally on your body, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to completely prevent them. However, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk.
Urinary tract infections require treatment with antibiotics and cannot be cured with home remedies. Hey Jane provides urinary tract infection treatment online via our compassionate team of providers who prescribe FDA-approved antibiotics to your local pharmacy.
You can also seek care for your UTI at your local urgent care, primary care provider’s office, or OBGYN. Let your prescriber know if your symptoms do not improve with antibiotics and if you think you might be at risk for a sexually transmitted infection, please see a provider in person for testing! If at any point you develop fevers, chills, nausea/vomiting, or mid-back or side pain, please see a provider in person as soon as possible to rule out a kidney infection.
Because a urinary tract infection can worsen quickly, it’s best to get care sooner rather than later. Sign up for care with Hey Jane today if you need a convenient solution to your urinary tract symptoms.
Antibiotics are the most effective way to treat UTIs. Some people like to also use at-home remedies to help manage symptoms and provide relief. These remedies include:
*These options are not recommended for people with diabetes
While the above can offer relief for some individuals, they shouldn’t replace medical treatment. Antibiotics remain the fastest and most effective solution for treating UTIs. Before trying any at-home method to manage your UTI, consult with your Hey Jane provider or another healthcare provider to ensure it’s safe and suitable for your situation.