Urinary tract infections and other causes of a sore vagina 

Cosmopolitan, September 2023

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Dr Paul Ettlinger, GP at Harley Street’s The London General Practice, offers some insight into Urinary tract infections some of the causes, symptoms and what to do if you are worried that you have one.

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) occur when bacteria enters the urinary tract – which includes the kidneys, bladder, uterus and urethra. UTI’s are a common cause of pain and discomfort and just some of the symptoms include:

  • Pain or pressure low down in your abdomen
  • Smelly urine or urine that looks cloudy
  • Pain or discomfort when you urinate such as a burning feeling
  • Increased urine frequency and a sudden urge to urinate
  • Hesitancy or difficulty passing urine
  • Feeling incomplete emptying and still needing to go
  • Blood in the urine
  • Pain in your back or sides

While a urinary tract infection may go away over time it is always a good idea to make an appointment with your GP if you are concerned or worry that you may have one.

“UTIs are treated with antibiotics that can kill the bacteria causing the infection. The antibiotic prescribed will depend on the type of bacteria causing your UTI,”

The vagina is sensitive and there are also many other things that can cause discomfort such as vaginal tearing, mystery lumps and bumps, HPV or thrush to name just a few.

For more information read the full article below. If you are concerned about UTI’s or other symptoms that you may be experiencing and would like an appointment with a Private Harley Street GP then please get in touch with us here.

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