Urinary tract infections (UTI) are typically not serious and easily treated. UTIs that return frequently or that do not go away with treatment, however, may indicate other health issues. Physicians at UMMC work with patients to diagnose and treat UTIs, including recurrent or persistent UTI and related issues such as painful bladder syndrome.
The physicians and staff at University Women's Care are a team of caring professionals. Our providers have the expertise to treat even the most complex urogynecologic problems. We provide practiced, thoughtful care and work with patients to find the most appropriate diagnosis and treatment to meet each woman's unique personal needs.
Urinary tract infections occur when bacteria (usually from the intestines) get into the bladder and multiply, leading to inflammation.
If a woman has three or more UTIs in a year or two or more UTIs in six months and if the UTI is treated with antibiotics but then return, she is considered to have recurring or persistent UTI.
In most cases, diagnosis and treatment of UTI can be made based on symptoms and treated with antibiotics. Recurring UTI (chronic cystitis) can be diagnosed using a urine sample to determine the most effective antibiotic treatment. An imaging test may also be ordered to check for another source of infection.
Usually, antibiotics will treat and end the uncomfortable symptoms of a urinary tract infection. If symptoms do not go away with antibiotics, then further steps will need to be taken to treat and prevent further infection and to help the bladder heal.
Our providers have the expertise to treat even the most complex urogynecologic problems with practiced, thoughtful care for the needs of our patients. The pelvic health program at UMMC sees patients by physician-referral and self-referral.
To refer a patient to the University Women's Care pelvic health program: