9:20 pm - 06/03/2009

UTI on period

I've checked out the VP page on UTIs, and I have had one before so I know enough about them. At the moment I have the urge to pee like once every half hour, which is driving me crazy. I feel a tingling kind of pain when I pee, but it's not unbearable like I remember the last time I had a UTI. At first I thought it was period pain, which I get a lot of in the first few days of my withdrawal bleed these days, but it's starting to feel different now, like it actually hurts to go to the toilet. I think there may have also been blood in my urine as well, but being on my period it's a bit hard to tell. I have a tampon in at the moment, and it's not full and/or leaking, so that's what ticked me off onto possibly having another UTI.

It's possible that I have "honeymoon cystitis" because I've just gotten into a new relationship and it's long distance so I've just come home from a weekend completely filled with sex and not much else. I also read that tampons may put pressure on the urethra, so how likely is that to be a cause? If it turns out that there is actually blood in my urine and it's not just a leaky tampon, should I go to the doctor, or will it pass on its own once my period is gone, or just becaue it'll run its course? What's the likelihood of getting a UTI while on a period (withdrawal bleed)?

So VPers, what should I do? Wait out my period, or try to make an appointment to get it checked out?

Edit: Thanks all, I still haven't figured out if I have bloody urine, but I am definately getting myself an appointment as soon as I can get in.
archangelbeth 3rd-Jun-2009 11:30 am (UTC)
I would go to the doctor sooner rather than later -- if you have a UTI that may have blood in it, then leaving it is kind of risky. (Untreated UTIs can turn into kidney infections. You need your kidneys! Trust me on this; pre-eclampsia was shutting mine down and it kind of sucks.)

Drink lots of water and take cranberry pills as well, to try to flush things out, but if you've got access to health care of any kind -- walk-in clinic, PP, whatever -- I'd advise going there.

Good luck!
lacephotograph 3rd-Jun-2009 12:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'm kind of leaning toward making an appointment ASAP, just to be careful.
zu_zu_zu_zu_zu 3rd-Jun-2009 12:47 pm (UTC)
In all likelihood, you need antibiotics ASAP. I've had 2 UTIs in my life- the first one was when I was like 11 or something, and because I was shy about talking about that kind of thing I didn't say anything until it was pretty far along. It was Not. Fun.
The second time was a few years ago, when I was older and wiser. The second I felt even a hint of tingle when I peed, I was like "I bet I know what that is" and went straight to a clinic. Told her I thought I had a UTI, peed in a cup, was proved right, given antibiotics, and by the next day it was more or less cleared up. I bought some cranberry juice just to be safe (anything cranberry is good for UTIs).
The moral of the story is, you need antibiotics to get rid of it, and the longer you wait the worse it'll get. So go! Now!
angelicalangie 3rd-Jun-2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
DO not wiat, get an appointment for as Soon as they have one, untreated UTI's are not fun, it can affect your kidneys. Your kidneys in the long run are vital and without them its not good. Please get the antibiotics ASAP
atalanta0jess 3rd-Jun-2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
Definitely do not wait. See a doctor ASAP. If there is blood in your urine, that's a "get medical care TODAY" kind of thing.
chiyo_no_saru 3rd-Jun-2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
Yes, this. Blood in the urine is a big sign of an advanced UTI.
icono_clast 3rd-Jun-2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
I had the same feeling you did at first with the vague pain, but there was no visible blood in my urine. It was right before my kidney stone attack.

You should go to the doctor and he'll give you a course of antibiotics. To prevent UTI's, take 3 cranberry pills a day, especially after sex.
fireaphid 3rd-Jun-2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
Like everyone else said, it sounds like a pretty bad UTI, and you should get to a doctor before it spreads to your kidneys. If you think you developed the infection from sexual activity, make sure in the future to always urinate after sex. Other generally good advice is to stay hydrated, always wipe from front to back (never from back to front), and to make sure that all fingers/penises/toys that go into the vagina are clean.

I used to get UTIs at the end of my period because of all the irritation from pads (turns out I'm allergic to the fragrance in "unscented" pads), but others blame tampons because they can put pressure on the urethra (depending on your anatomy), reducing your ability to empty your bladder; if you feel that switching products would reduce your chances of getting UTIs in the future or make this one easier to deal with, go with your instinct on it. In particular, if you aren't happy with solutions of pads or tampons, check out this page about alternatives: www.clothpads.org. Feel better!
betterbebalboa 3rd-Jun-2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
Make an appointment, and see a doctor ASAP. I'm actually recovering from a UTI right now - painful and very frequent urination, cloudy and bloody urine, the whole nine yards. If you do have a UTI (it sounds like you do), it's not going to go away on its own; you need antibiotics. Otherwise, it could develop into a bladder or kidney infection. Keep an eye on your temperature, if you can.

Meanwhile, AZO (and various knockoff brands) make an over-the-counter pill for UTI's. The active ingredient is Phenazopyridine Hydrochloride 95 mg, and it relieves pain, urgency, and frequency of urination. It saved me when I developed this UTI at 2 am and I couldn't see a doctor until the morning. If it takes you a day or two to get an appointment, you can get this stuff to hold you over.

Hope you feel better.
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