The Basics of Urinary Tract Infections

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One of the most common health issues women face is a urinary tract infection. The system in your body that creates urine and helps you flush it out of your body is called the urinary tract. The urinary tract includes your kidneys and bladder, as well as the tubes that connect them to one another. If germs contaminate the system, you may develop a urinary tract infection.

Bladder infections and kidney infections are two types of urinary tract infections, with bladder infections being most common (especially in women), and slightly less serious in the early stages. A bladder infection may lead to a kidney infection if it is not detected and handled properly, which could then lead to long-term damage. Unwanted germs, often from your large intestine, cause infections in the system, typically entering through the urethra.

One of the easiest ways for the germs to enter the urethra is during sex, though UTIs are also more common for women that are pregnant or diabetic. Simply, the likelihood of an infection is greater when urine movement is blocked from the bladder.

Signs of a urinary tract infection include having trouble urinating, unusually colored, smelly or cloudy urine or a burning sensation or other pain while urinating. Also, pain in the lower abdomen is common, as well as in the areas around your kidneys. Further indications include nausea, vomiting, or having chills and a fever.

Once you think you may have an infection, it is important to call your doctor immediately, particularly if have pain in the kidney area or a history of kidney problems. Also, if you have a weak immune system, are 65 years or older, or are pregnant, you should see a doctor because a urine test will be needed to confirm.

Determining if Permanent Birth Control is Right for You

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There could be many reasons to consider your options for permanent birth control. Of course, the most common is when you decide that you no longer want to be able to have children. This is certainly a personal choice, but should be discussed with your partner as well as your doctor. While there are many common procedures for permanent birth control, many women do not discuss them enough ahead of time, particularly with a health care professional, to determine what method is truly best.

A permanent birth control procedure is very efficient, as indicated by the name. Methods vary, but range in effectiveness from 98-99.8%, which are generally higher rates than common contraceptive methods, such as diaphragms and condoms. This will help to put a woman’s mind at ease that no longer wants to have children, fears an unexpected pregnancy, or prefers more freedom.

Beyond the reasoning, the fact remains permanent birth control is a decision that should not be taken lightly. It is permanent, after all. There are several considerations that should be made to determine if permanent birth control is truly the best option for you, now and forever. This includes your age, whether or not you and your partner no longer want the ability to have children, or a medical condition that would complicate a pregnancy. Explore the ways your life could change in the future – would there be any circumstance in which you would regret the decision?

Once you have decided to go through with the procedure, talk to your doctor. There are a range of options that may include surgical procedures or non-surgical techniques, like Essure. Each is different and provides separate benefits, so it is important to fully understand the permanent birth control that is right for you.