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Doctor Answers Commonly Searched Questions About Urinary Tract Infections

[Music] hi I’m dr. Natasha Boyan I’m a family physician at one medical we’re an innovative primary care organization and today i’m chatting all about urinary tract infections why are you t is so common UTIs are really common in cisgendered females because our urethra so the hole that our urine comes out of it’s a little bit shorter and so it becomes easy for bacteria that naturally exist on our bodies to climb up our little pee hole and cause an infection in general our urine should be sterile so it should be bacteria free but bacteria can easily get in there why are you tea is more common in pregnancy one of the big reasons is because our hormones change in pregnancy and it actually makes it harder for our bladder to squeeze out urine and so what ends up happening is that women are sitting with urine in their bladder and that can become a breeding ground for bacteria and so that can actually cause UTIs another thing that happens in pregnancy is the tube between the bladder and the kidneys actually dilates and gets bigger and so it becomes a little bit easier for bacteria to crawl up into your kidneys and kind of cause that infection and then one of the other things that happens in pregnancy is about 70% of women in pregnancy will get glucose which is sugar inside their urine and when they get sugar in their urine bacteria love to feast on that sugar and so they’re more prone to getting urinary tract infections an important thing to remember about UTI in pregnancy is you don’t necessarily use the same antibiotics that you use when you’re not pregnant because it might not be safe for the fetus so certainly if you get a UTI in pregnancy you should see your gynecologist or your primary care provider can UTI is spread UTIs are not sexually transmitted infections so they’re not contagious you cannot pass it to another person that being said UTIs are caused by E coli and other bacteria that naturally exist on our bodies and we do tell people you know you probably won’t want to have sex when you have a urinary tract infection because the pelvic area is feeling a little bit in it’s a little bit uncomfortable so it makes sense to wait until after your ute UTI is cleared before you have sex when do UTIs go away without antibiotics this is a little bit of a myth so I have a lot of patients who will tell me they felt the start of a UTI they drank a lot of water and a lot of cranberry juice and their UTI resolved the reality is cranberry juice has this component that makes it harder for e.coli to attach on to our bladder walls so yes cranberry juice can help with UTIs but when you have a full-blown UTI and lots of bacteria that cranberry juice is just not gonna cut it so for most UTIs you actually do need to take antibiotics to get them cleared certainly there are some instances especially at the beginning of a UTI when that bacteria is just starting to climb up your bladder that’s when you likely are able to clear it out and flush it out by drinking water one thing I do caution patients about though there are a lot of over-the-counter products for UTIs and they claim to treat UTIs but what they really do is they’re kind of numbing up our your refill tract and you think that you’re feeling better but the reality is now you’re just numb and you’re not feeling that burning sensation but you might still have bacteria in your bladder so the most important thing I can say is that if you feel symptoms of a UTI if you feel burning with urination if you’re peeing a lot more than usual if you have an urgency to go urinate definitely see a healthcare professional should all UTIs be treated with antibiotics yes if you have a urinary tract infection and you’ve gotten a urine culture and it’s growing out bacteria it’s really hard to get that to resolve on its own so you should see your primary care doctor and you should get antibiotics to treat that what is the difference between a UTI and urea plasma so a UTI is usually bacteria like e-coli it’s something that generally exists in our system anyway urea plasma is also a bacteria that a lot of people have in their system but when ecoli gets into your urine it will cause an infection it is not supposed to be there you’re gonna symptoms but meanwhile with urea plasma you might have that in your urine and you may or may not feel symptoms we do think it’s good to differentiate and get tested most of the time when people have symptoms though that is actually a bacterial UTI when should a UTI go away UTI is generally start to feel better within about a day or two of starting antibiotics but the reality is you need to take the full dose of antibiotics to make sure that every single bacteria is killed that generally would be about three to seven days depending on the antibiotic that you have if you start taking an antibiotic and you’re still feeling UTI symptoms you’re still feeling burning it’s really painful you can see your healthcare provider and they can often give you medications that will numb the urethral tract as you’re starting to recover will a UTI test show an STD that’s a tricky one a UTI test is a urine culture that’s supposed to grow bacteria and it grows out bacteria like e-coli an STI test is also a urine but it’s a different kind of urine that we run we run a thing called in that and basically what we’re testing is we’re testing the DNA of the bacteria so if you’re looking for something like chlamydia or gonorrhea it’s important to let your primary care provider know that you want to be tested for STI is because that test that they’re running for your urine might not necessarily find sti’s how do you t-i-is happen there are a couple of different ways that UTIs happen one really common way is ecoli or other bacteria gets into the urethra which is where we urinate out of there’s a couple of different things that put us at risk of UTIs one is sexual activity when we’re having sexual activity we end up moving bacteria that naturally exists in our genitals and it ends up moving into the urethra another risk factor for getting UTIs is if you’re somebody whose Anatomy just has your urethra a little bit closer to your rectum our general gut just has a lot of bacteria and so bacteria can exist around our rectum this is why I tell my patients make sure you wipe front to back after you void and don’t wipe back to front another risk factor for UTIs is going through menopause so when women go through menopause their estrogen levels change their vaginal flora changes and they might be less adept at fighting UTIs they might get UTIs more because urine is sitting in their bladder a little bit longer it’s not being squeezed out and then the last risk factor is using spermicides when we use spermicides it kills sperm but it can also kill good bacteria in our genital area that’s often fighting bad bacteria so we tell people who are prone to UTIs don’t use spermicides just put that on the shelf because there’s other better ways to prevent pregnancy can UTIs kill you unfortunately yes if a UTI is untreated it can be really dangerous UTIs can keep moving through your organs they can move into your kidneys UTIs can end up in your bloodstream and that bacteria is called urosepsis when someone gets urosepsis it’s very dangerous to their lives and I don’t want to scare anyone it is really uncommon to die from a UTI so when you get a UTI don’t just blow it off make sure that you get professional help and you get that treated we see UTIs all the time in healthcare it’s nothing to be ashamed of it’s very easy to treat and actually you don’t necessarily need to see a doctor in person to get it treated a lot of primary care providers like in our group will treat people’s UTIs virtually if they know they’ve got the symptoms if they’ve had it before so definitely you reach out to someone that you trust a trusted health care provider and let’s get that UTI taken care of [Music] you


  1. Sweetcakke the Bunnycoon
    Sweetcakke the Bunnycoon July 21, 2019

    Thanks for the info! I really needed this!

  2. Aurelie Grace
    Aurelie Grace July 21, 2019

    Hey person scrolling through the comments

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  3. unicorn beauty
    unicorn beauty July 21, 2019


  4. Chibby
    Chibby July 21, 2019


  5. Mini Secrets
    Mini Secrets July 21, 2019

    If u like this you luv this channel 💞
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  6. youre still on the property
    youre still on the property July 21, 2019

    Anyone else here that gets utis like every month😭😭

  7. K. Ranay
    K. Ranay July 21, 2019

    I’ve never searched anything about UTI so idk why im watching this😂🤷🏾‍♀️

  8. Lu La
    Lu La July 21, 2019

    Ever since I’ve had a really bad UTI almost a year ago I am still dealing with a similar pain every now and then. It’s usually goes away after a few hours, but it’s very annoying. Did anyone else experience that?

  9. Lovely Anime
    Lovely Anime July 21, 2019

    this is good for people who need info on it

  10. michaela rose
    michaela rose July 21, 2019

    👇🏼 (im a just a smaller youtuber tryna make some friends 💛)

  11. Singer Keyaa
    Singer Keyaa July 21, 2019

    Excellent Dr Natasha 🙏
    So well explained 👩

  12. kinginwitlexi
    kinginwitlexi July 21, 2019


  13. Akash 96
    Akash 96 July 21, 2019

    Can it happen in males?

  14. Staci Bryant
    Staci Bryant July 21, 2019

    Very helpful. But i constantly get UTI's & I don't have insurance. I wish you could buy antibiotics over the counter.

  15. Nina24luv
    Nina24luv July 21, 2019

    Watch me go to the doctor tomorrow.

  16. Nina24luv
    Nina24luv July 21, 2019

    How long can a person have an UTI before it k!lls them ?

  17. Hilary
    Hilary July 21, 2019

    Before you take antibiotics try D-MANNOSE! D-mannose is natural powder you drink with water and it works like a charm.

  18. JenCath
    JenCath July 21, 2019

    why would you ever wipe back to front

  19. Niki Patton
    Niki Patton July 21, 2019

    Enter my giveaway if ya want !!

  20. oxymoron
    oxymoron July 21, 2019

    Take a shot everytime she says "but the reality is…" 💀

  21. Sarah Elizabeth
    Sarah Elizabeth July 21, 2019

    If ur here because u get utis frequently pls check out d-mannose powder it's a life saver !!!

  22. payne stiegman
    payne stiegman July 21, 2019

    Awesome casual use of the term "cisgender" by a medical professional. Very cool to see.

  23. azultante
    azultante July 21, 2019

    shes the best

  24. Chocolate kookie
    Chocolate kookie July 21, 2019

    I really like her in these videos! She’s sweet yet gives good information👏😊

  25. Umeshika U
    Umeshika U July 21, 2019

    Why wasn’t this video posted last week when I had my first uti 😂

  26. OhReally
    OhReally July 21, 2019

    Wow, I had no idea D: This video is so informative <3

  27. Udin Bata
    Udin Bata July 21, 2019

    "..Cis female…" video…

  28. Ava Yrrech
    Ava Yrrech July 21, 2019

    The worst UTI I ever had included me peeing so much blood I thought I was on my period

  29. Vonzaroni Brown
    Vonzaroni Brown July 21, 2019

    I recently had a bad UTI and ate a can of pineapple chunks in pineapple juice and symptoms subsided within a couple of hours.

  30. Dagmar jurkič
    Dagmar jurkič July 21, 2019

    I love this doctor she is so sweet…. Can u pleasss so a video about SCOLIOSIS , menopause, what happens to the body after pregnancy

  31. Stephany Ruiz
    Stephany Ruiz July 21, 2019

    Can UTI's spread? 1:46

  32. Christina
    Christina July 21, 2019

    Ayyy that's my doctor

  33. June Novae
    June Novae July 21, 2019

    I like how she tried to not be transphobic by saying "cisgender female" but actually forgot trans men who may also have a vagina. Thank you for the effort. Maybe just talking directly about the body parts instead of explaining through genders would be more inclusive.

  34. John Secret Spirit
    John Secret Spirit July 21, 2019

    I eat salads

  35. Chelsey Abbott
    Chelsey Abbott July 21, 2019

    Ive never had a uti before but i thought it was important to know

  36. Chelsey Abbott
    Chelsey Abbott July 21, 2019

    Well dang. Im taking a college health class right now and it said nothing about spermicide allowing utis to be more common. I guess its good that Im watching this

  37. Victoria Queen
    Victoria Queen July 21, 2019

    We have vaccination against uti in Germany

  38. shelb y
    shelb y July 21, 2019

    Thank you so much for this , so helpful!

  39. loveforeignaccents
    loveforeignaccents July 21, 2019

    My girlfriend thought her 95-year-old mom had a stroke. They are saying it's just a UTI??!!!!?

  40. loveforeignaccents
    loveforeignaccents July 21, 2019

    Can we get a quick video on hemerrhoids, please?!! I'm dying over here!!!

  41. MsEvilgenius101
    MsEvilgenius101 July 21, 2019

    Where was this video months ago when I kept getting uti’s lol

  42. Dorian
    Dorian July 21, 2019

    Why bother saying cisgender as if you're acknowledging transgender people if you're then going to just completely ditch the effort to be accurate and inclusive? I can kind of appreciate the effort, but seems like a token gesture

  43. equinox
    equinox July 21, 2019

    anyone struggling with recurrent utis needs to research the embedded UTI theory and professor malone lee's work in london. he is my consultant and is one of the only consultants in europe to specialise in this area. Please educate yourseld on this epidemic of a condition.

  44. Neve Marie
    Neve Marie July 21, 2019


  45. Elizabeth Lawson
    Elizabeth Lawson July 21, 2019

    Also if you are prone to UTI from a weak immune system or kidney disease like me then you’ll probably be on anti biotics for about 2 weeks through IV

  46. Elizabeth Lawson
    Elizabeth Lawson July 21, 2019

    Sorry but you forgot about kidney disease ! That’s a risk factor as well , so if you have kidney disease then it’s so easy to get UTIS

  47. StarQueen
    StarQueen July 22, 2019

    I’ve gotten UTIs. There not fun at all. So just make sure everyone gets informed by this video, and stay safe out there! And go see a doctor if need be!

  48. Cha Miranda
    Cha Miranda July 22, 2019

    Good job, Youtube Algorithm. I haven't searched anything about UTI. but yeah, almost every year I get UTI. So this is actually informative for me haha..


  49. Lydia Kelli
    Lydia Kelli July 22, 2019

    My first uti turned into a bladder and kidney infection.

  50. Kaitlin Marie
    Kaitlin Marie July 22, 2019

    My mom passed away from an E. coli UTI infection that wasn’t caught in time and it spread around her body, she was pregnant with me.

  51. Brianna McDonald
    Brianna McDonald July 22, 2019

    Ugh I love when you guys do videos like this, so informative 👍🏾👍🏾

  52. Molly Walsh
    Molly Walsh July 22, 2019

    Watching this made me feel like I had to pee

  53. Alice Paul
    Alice Paul July 22, 2019

    When she said cis-gendered! As a trans individual I really appreciated that

  54. Julaeable
    Julaeable July 22, 2019

    I was weirded out that my UTI didn't clear up with the antibiotics (culture came back positive and everything), but the pain moved. Then today I got my period. Hooray for endometrosis. 🙈

  55. mtktm
    mtktm July 22, 2019

    Urine being sterile – that is misleading. It is "sterile" in that it is free of commonly detected bacteria, that would cause an UTI. There is already bacteria in there, but it's normally cultures that wouldn't cause an infection.

  56. Rinna
    Rinna July 22, 2019

    I'm using the word "void" for when I poop now.

    "I'll be right back, I must void"

  57. April Late
    April Late July 22, 2019

    I'm pregnant and had the worst UTI, ended up getting into my kidney and the back pain ( kidney pain) i had was horrible i couldnt sit or lay down or anything cause it was putting pressure on it or baby was moving and pushing on it ended up staying over night got antibiotics through an iv then got a prescription for antibiotics, once i finished the antibiotics though it keep coming back so now i have to take a small dose just once everyday to stop it from getting really bad until i've had the baby. Not fun at all

  58. Kym H
    Kym H July 22, 2019

    They say antibiotics so casually
    I'm here like I CAN'T TAKE PILLS! 😭

  59. Smile Big
    Smile Big July 22, 2019

    I can’t help but notice that she has a really nice voice.

  60. Chantel B
    Chantel B July 22, 2019

    I got a kidney infection from a uti, I HIGHLY recommend you get it treated before anything else happens cause kidney infections are the absolute worst

  61. Samantha Beth
    Samantha Beth July 22, 2019

    I literally just got discharged from the hospital today bc I had a uti for a few weeks (didn’t know it) & it spread into my kidneys & went septic. Worst pain of my life.

  62. Atinyzennie
    Atinyzennie July 22, 2019

    How do you know if you have a UTI?

  63. Breona Warren
    Breona Warren July 22, 2019

    Sugar free cranberry juice. Not that cocktail stuff, the real juice.

  64. Darpana
    Darpana July 22, 2019

    Doc are you from Assam????

  65. buttercupL0L
    buttercupL0L July 22, 2019

    Three things I got from this video:
    1. Go to the doctors for treatment
    2. Wait til it's completely gone before getting physical
    3. Mortality (uncommon)

  66. David Cruickshank
    David Cruickshank July 22, 2019

    If she’s a doctor she should know that urine isn’t sterile

  67. miss tnt x
    miss tnt x July 22, 2019

    it’s hilarious when someone is chugging cranberry cocktail thinking it’s the the same as cranberry juice

  68. Solveiga M-R
    Solveiga M-R July 22, 2019

    Urine is not sterile!! She needs to update her knowledge…

  69. inkedbettiepdx1
    inkedbettiepdx1 July 22, 2019

    It can spread from your bladder to your kidneys….

  70. Grizzly Phoenix
    Grizzly Phoenix July 22, 2019

    Who thinks of grump cat when watching this 😢rip grumpy cat ❤️😭

  71. Kate Drew
    Kate Drew July 22, 2019

    Tbt to the time I got a kidney infection from a UTI ❤️

  72. Edward Roque
    Edward Roque July 22, 2019

    And there was me i believe that uti came from junkfoods stupid me

  73. Angela L
    Angela L July 22, 2019

    I refill a water bottle 4 times a day and it’s 30 ML of water I drink. And pee every 2 hours. Am I flushing the bacteria out of me good?

  74. krazzysu
    krazzysu July 22, 2019

    It's UTIs, not UTI's.

  75. beautiful Bree
    beautiful Bree July 22, 2019


  76. Daniela Alejandra
    Daniela Alejandra July 22, 2019

    this video is so good and informative!!

  77. Robert Fernandez
    Robert Fernandez July 22, 2019

    I can't help but feel like this is intended more for women than men

  78. jenca
    jenca July 22, 2019

    I love how informative this is…compared to their other doctor answers video❤

  79. Laurie Livingston
    Laurie Livingston July 23, 2019

    When I was 5, I had a UTI for over a year and I would have fevers that would get all the way up to 108 degrees

  80. Rogue Uppercut
    Rogue Uppercut July 23, 2019

    Oh wow, I just got over one yesterday😂😂

  81. gsawada
    gsawada July 23, 2019

    Almost died when I was 5 because of this doctors insisted it was nothing then I started getting sick and ouking they said it was just the stomach flu, but it kept getting worse. Mom took me to childrens hospital to find out my kidneys were almost septetic from being left untreated for so long. Got them so much as a child after this (one of the worst childhoods ever) and still get them now

  82. Brett McDowell
    Brett McDowell July 23, 2019


  83. Serena Odonata
    Serena Odonata July 23, 2019

    Oh, the adorable Dr. is back, best thing for healtheducation, likeable Dr that make you enjoy it instead of fearing it

  84. mitizs
    mitizs July 23, 2019

    I watched this and had to pee suddenly

  85. AnnaJoySofia
    AnnaJoySofia July 23, 2019

    UTIs are the worst. So so so uncomfortable

  86. Courtney M.
    Courtney M. July 23, 2019

    Can we get a similar video about yeast infections? This was really informational!

  87. Marisa Mitchell
    Marisa Mitchell July 24, 2019

    I used to get painful UTIs frequently & my doctor said to start taking cranberry supplements everyday. I started doing that about 15 years ago & I have not had a single UTI! The cranberry supplements are much more potent than drinking cranberry juice.

  88. Mrs J
    Mrs J July 24, 2019

    Wow this is crazy News I did not know this!.. Uti must see a Doctor. What are the symptoms of both? What are the symptoms of toxic shock syndrome?

  89. Miss Murder30
    Miss Murder30 July 24, 2019

    Okay but I'm not sure that's true.
    I've had plenty of UTIs. Even quite bad ones.
    Never taken antibiotics for it.
    Pretty sure you don't need to, it just speeds up the process.

  90. Typical. Alannah
    Typical. Alannah July 24, 2019

    How convenient! I have a UTI now (I’m taking medicine for it)

  91. Øath Ghost
    Øath Ghost July 24, 2019

    Stop masturbating with a shower head. My doctor never told me this because it's an awkward thing to bring up, but once I stopped using it, my UTIs stopped occurring as frequently.

  92. Tuliani
    Tuliani July 24, 2019

    Just recently had a UTI that spread to my kidney and the pain was horrible! 😭😫

  93. Dr. Pedersen
    Dr. Pedersen July 25, 2019

    Good explanation in your video. Here is my variation of the UTI review

  94. N. Jones
    N. Jones July 26, 2019

    When you say "cis females" I think you mean "people with vulvas." cis women aren't the only people with vulvas: trans men and non binary people can have them too. Just a gentle Nudge to adjust your language to include trans masculine and nonbinary people. 💜

  95. nancy willaert
    nancy willaert July 29, 2019

    I had many UTI’s during my childhood, and again later in live, I started what I thought where back pains but I made high fever and even couldn’t stand anymore. So my gp said it’s not normal anymore every around three months you have an UTI, so was referred to an specialist it was a suffering needed to do different things. They found out I had a reflow of urine to my kidney and he saw old scars in my kidneys but my right kidney is the bottom part most damaged and doesn’t work that well. So I had a re-implant from my blather to my kidney. Now I’m under medical continuity supervision also because of my Crohn’s and Spondylitis Ankolysis

  96. Eaglefeather 21
    Eaglefeather 21 July 30, 2019

    I’m eating while watching… help…

  97. Jocelyn Crow
    Jocelyn Crow August 1, 2019

    Very informative and down to earth presentation of UTI facts.

  98. Wolfe03
    Wolfe03 August 13, 2019

    Why did I laugh so much at "our little pee hole"

  99. Ashley Downey
    Ashley Downey August 14, 2019

    I have never had a UTI. But I have known women who get pretty frequently.

  100. Anxiety pills
    Anxiety pills August 19, 2019

    About 2 months ago I had a UTI infection and it SUUUUUUUUUUUCKED! To prevent infection you can drink a crap ton of water and change underwear daily. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY CHANGE. YOURE. TAMPONS. It’s soooo dangerous to keep tampons in for too long (12+ hours) But I hope it won’t be AS common anymore.

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