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Talking to Your Doctor About Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write your questions ahead of time, so you do not forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Do not be afraid to ask your questions or ask about where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
- Do my symptoms sound like a urinary tract infection?
- How might I have contracted this infection?
- Is there any chance that this is a more serious kidney infection?
- Do I have any risk factors for urinary tract infections?
- I am a man. Might I have some underlying problem that caused me to develop a urinary tract infection?
- My child has a urinary tract infection. Might he or she have anatomical defects in the urinary system? (In young children, anatomical defects are a common cause of UTIs in both genders. In older children, this changes with more girls having UTIs by virtue of being female.)
- What kind of treatment do you recommend?
- Are there any self-care treatments I can practice?
- What can I do to relieve my discomfort?
- How will I know if the infection is gone?
- How much water do you recommend that I drink?
- Do you recommend cranberry juice? How much?
- I get a lot of infections just after I have sexual intercourse. What can I do to prevent this?
- Can I use my hot tub?
- How will I know if the infection is progressing or becoming complicated?
- What symptoms would warn me that the infection is moving up and affecting my kidneys?
- I am pregnant. Do I need to worry about any complications for the baby or me?
- What preventive measures for UTIs would you recommend in the future?
- Might I benefit from prophylactic antibiotics?
- Reviewer: Adrienne Carmack, MD
- Review Date: 09/2016
- Update Date: 09/17/2014