A recurrent urinary tract infection can have an unexpected cause
Having to run to the toilet a hundred times a day and being in pain when you pee: a urinary tract infection (UTI) is not a fun ride. Luckily, most people know what to do to reduce the chance of getting a UTI. By drinking a lot of water and/or taking antibiotics, you’ll make sure the UTI disappears again quickly – in most cases. But what if it keeps coming back and you can’t seem to get rid of it? Then it might have a different, lesser-known cause.
You want to get rid of a urinary tract infection as quickly as possible.
Anxiety and depression
Research shows that fear and anxiety can cause you to experience problems with your bladder. Urologist Daisy Vrijens from Maastricht UMC+ in the Netherlands explains that in the practice she works at, she’s noticed a connection between urinary problems on the one hand and anxiety and depression on the other.
In 26 different studies, a connection was found between an overactive bladder and depression and six studies showed a connection between an overactive bladder and anxiety. When you have urinary tract infections on a regular basis and you can’t seem to find a clear reason for it, you might want to dig a little deeper. It won’t hurt to look a bit further into what’s causing it and to pay a visit to your doctor and talk about it.
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Source: Women’s Health | Image: Tips and Tricks©