One of the most common reasons for women to see a physician, especially a urologist with specialty training in urogynecology, is recurrent UTIs.
Recurrent UTIs must be first proven with a urine culture to determine the bacterial strain for the proper antibiotics since many of the symptoms of UTIs in women can be easily confused with many “crossover” female bladder conditions that mimic UTIs.
Urinary tract infection symptoms can include:
Other conditions that may mimic UTI symptoms include:
These conditions can co-exist with recurrent urinary tract infections.
A very methodical pelvic exam and workup will usually yield the correct cause and then treatment and prevention strategies can be adopted.
Bacterial infection of the urethra is also considered a UTI and may mimic similar symptoms as noted above. If the kidney is involved, then flank pain, nausea, vomiting, and fever can occur, which if severe enough may warrant inpatient treatment with IV antibiotics if sepsis is suspected.