Urogynecologists located in Madison, MS & Flowood, MS
The doctors and staff at Southeast Urogyn, located in Jackson, Mississippi offer a variety of treatments to women who suffer from urinary tract infections and chronic cystitis.
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) Q & A
What Causes Urinary Tract Infections?
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are caused by bacteria entering the urethra. Since the opening to the urethra is so close to the anus, bacteria from the large intestine, such as E. coli, are in the perfect position to invade the urethra. From there, they can travel into the bladder and attach to its walls and grow there, causing a bladder infection. Rarely, the bacteria can move to the kidneys and cause a more serious infection. Women are more prone than men to develop UTIs because they have shorter urethras allowing bacteria easier access to the bladder. Having sex can promote the introduction of bacteria into the urinary tract.
What Are Symptoms of UTIs?
Urinary tract infections are responsible for a variety of painful or uncomfortable symptoms. Women should beware of the following symptoms and seek diagnosis and treatment if they occur.
- A burning feeling when you urinate
- A frequent or intense urge to urinate, even though little comes out when you do
- Pain or pressure in your back or lower abdomen
- Cloudy, dark, bloody, or strange-smelling urine
- Fever or chills in association with the above symptoms (a sign the infection may have reached your kidneys)
What Is Chronic Cystitis?
Chronic cystitis is recurrent bladder infections which are typically a complication of a UTI. These are more common in menopause when estrogen levels drop, but they can occur at any age. If you have had more than 2 UTIs in 6 months or 3 in 12 months, you have chronic cystitis and should see a specialist.
How Are UTI’s Treated?
If you suspect you have a urinary tract infection or experience any of the symptoms listed above, or especially if these are reoccurring (chronic cystitis), make an appointment at Southeast Urogyn for assessment and treatment. You'll be asked to give a urine sample, which will be tested for the presence of UTI-causing bacteria. If you have a UTI, the doctor will prescribe an antibiotic to clear the infection. Make sure to finish the prescribed cycle of medicine completely, even if you start to feel better. It is also important to drink lots of water to help flush the bacteria from your system. The doctor may prescribe medication to ease any pain and may suggest using a heating pad. In some cases, an estrogen cream may be prescribed if the issue stems from the decreasing estrogen levels associated with menopause. Women who suffer from regular UTIs or chronic cystitis may also be recommended to take a low dose antibiotic nightly for a period of time to prevent the infections. Use of cranberry therapy may help reduce the risk of recurrence but other things such as wiping from front to back after using the bathroom, have been shown to have little effect on infections.
Southeast Urogyn provides expert care, and wants every patient to be able to afford the checkups they need. If you have any questions about the insurance we accept, please call or office to see how we can best help you.
Words from our patients
"Southeast Urogyn is the BEST facility in Mississippi to go for any of your needs regarding menopause and Urogynecology."
"I met with Dr. Harris for the first time in August of 2015, and was immediately impressed. Please don't hesitate to make an appointment. You'll be glad you did."
"I felt no embarrassment from the initial physician's exam, the urodynamics testing by the nurse or the surgery. I could not have asked for a better doctor and staff."
"Dr. Harris explained everything in detail. He was very patient and kind. I would definitely recommend him to all my friends."
"I received a recommendation from a trusted source, and she was right on. I have and will continue to recommend Dr. Harris to all my female friends."
"Dr. Harris is extremely professional and friendly. He has given my life back to me and I will always recommend him to others."
"Top notch doctor and staff. I was tremendously satisfied with my bladder sling surgery and results. Dr. Harris is compassionate and treats you with dignity."
"I had trouble with incontinence. My internal medicine dr. referred me to Dr. Speights. I had surgery 6 weeks ago and the results are amazing."
"I highly recommend him. He is very personable, confident, and a caring physician. Besides being a great physician, he is a wonderful person."
"Dr. Speights repaired several issues that I had been troubled with for some time. I can now return to my normal daily activities without any problems."
"I felt very comfortable talking with Dr. Speights about the issues that I was having. He explained everything to me and was open for any questions that I might have."
"Dr. Speights was very helpful and kind. He explained my diagnosis and surgery to me and my husband in detail and answered all of our questions."