The symptoms of a UTI can be unpleasant and frustrating to deal with, especially if they reoccur often. It’s therefore essential to get a correct diagnosis so that the condition can be treated effectively. But who should women go to for treatment? Can gynecologists treat UTIs?
What Is A UTI?
A UTI or urinary tract infection is an infection that can affect any part of the urinary system but commonly affects the bladder. It is caused by bacteria that gets into the bladder. Women are more likely to develop UTIs than men.
Burning with urination is the most common symptom of a UTI. Other symptoms include odor, urinary urgency/frequency, and superpubic discomfort.
Can Gynecologists Treat UTIs?
Yes, gynecologists can treat UTIs. Each year many women visit their gynecologist to seek treatment for a UTI. Gynecologists specialize in the treatment of women’s health issues so they are more than qualified to treat UTIs.
However, women with recurrent UTIs generally require referral to a specialist for further investigation into possible causes. The specialists in vaginal care at Fowler GYN International routinely treat women experiencing recurrent UTIs.
Women with frequent UTIs need to have further evaluation done to ensure that the symptoms they have are really being caused by a UTI. This is important, because the symptoms presented could be caused by an altered vaginal microflora pattern. This happens because of a shift in the bacterial flora that changes the composition of the vaginal secretions, so they irritate the vaginal tissues and cause symptoms that mimic those of a UTI.
Board-certified gynecologist Dr. R. Stuart Fowler of FGI developed the vaginal fluid analysis (VFA) test, which identifies the vaginal constituents, to determine if there is an altered vaginal microflora present. Treatment is done using an individualized treatment protocol that restores balance to the vaginal microflora. Are you interested in treatment for recurrent UTIs? Contact Fowler GYN International, Phoenix, AZ, for a consultation. It was established by former Mayo physician, board certified Dr. R. Stuart Fowler. You can reach them at www.fowlergyninternational.com/contact-us, or by calling (480) 420-4001.