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Chronic UTI & Bladder Pain Specialist

Auburn Urogynecology and Women’s Health

Female Urology & Gynecology located in Auburn, CA

Women with two or more bladder infections within a six-month period could have chronic urinary tract infections (UTIs). Located in the heart of Placer County, California, James S. Dunn, Jr. MD, and the team at Auburn Urogynecology and Women’s Health treat routine and complex urogynecological conditions, including bladder pain, infections, and prolapse. Frequent and painful urination make even the most mundane daily activities challenging. But there is help in the form of non- and minimally invasive therapies and procedures. Treatment begins with a comprehensive evaluation of your bladder function. Call or click to schedule yours today.

Chronic UTI & Bladder Pain Q & A

What is a urinary tract infection?

A urinary tract infection (UTI) can affect any part of the urinary system:

  • Bladder
  • Kidneys
  • Ureters
  • Urethra

For a number of reasons, women tend to get UTIs more often than men. Some of them involve simple anatomy – the structural differences between the male and female bodies. Additionally, some forms of birth control and feminine products change the vaginal environment and encourage bacterial growth. Hormonal changes during menopause also alter vaginal bacteria and increase the chance of developing a UTI.

Many women will experience at least one UTI at some point in their life. If they are becoming more frequent and tougher to treat with antibiotics, you might have another underlying condition.

What are the symptoms of a UTI?

Not every UTI has symptoms. Even when they do, many women overlook or mistake UTI symptoms for other conditions and never seek the appropriate treatment. Symptoms of a UTI include:

  • Bladder pain
  • Burning during urination
  • Frequently passing of small amounts of urine
  • Pink, reddish, or brown-colored urine
  • Strong and urgent need to urinate
  • Urine that appears cloudy
  • Urine that has a strong odor

Because untreated chronic UTIs can lead to more serious health problems, including kidney damage, it’s important to see Dr. Dunn as soon as you notice symptoms.

How are UTIs treated?

Dr. Dunn uses a urine culture analysis and evaluates your bladder function to determine if you have a UTI. He can perform a cystoscopy, a painless procedure using a small scope to look inside your bladder and urethra for inflammation, stones, ulcers, and anatomical issues that could be causing your chronic UTIs.

From there, Dr. Dunn treats chronic UTIs with a treatment plan that can include antibiotics, estrogen therapy, and other treatments, including: 

Bladder Instillations

Bladder instillation is a procedure used to treat inflammation of the bladder wall and lining, a common and painful condition called cystitis. To learn how you can relieve bladder pain, call or click to schedule an appointment with Auburn Urogynecology and Women’s Health.

Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation

Your provider personalizes your program to stabilize the muscles that support the pelvic floor and reduce incontinence and UTIs.

Dr. Dunn also recommends simple lifestyle changes to decrease your chances of developing a UTI. Drinking lots of water, wiping front to back, and staying away from harsh feminine products are easy ways to maintain good urinary health.

With your provider’s care, this UTI can be your last. To learn how you can finally be free of chronic UTIs and bladder pain, call or click to schedule an appointment with Auburn Urogynecology today.

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