Leavitt Women's Healthcare -  - OB/GYN

Leavitt Women's Healthcare

OB/GYNs located in Idaho Falls, ID

UTI Specialist

When women from throughout southeastern Idaho experience urinary tract infections (UTIs), the doctors at Leavitt Women’s Healthcare in Idaho Falls, Idaho provide expert treatment to relieve the symptoms and heal the underlying infection.

UTI Q & A

Leavitt Women's Healthcare

What Causes UTIs?

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are caused by bacteria entering and infecting a person’s urethra. UTIs are the primary reason that women are advised to wipe from front to back after using the bathroom. Since the opening to the urethra is located so close to the anus, bacteria from the large intestine can escape the anus and invade the urethra. From there, the bacteria travel through the urethra and urinary tract, and if the infection isn't treated, continue on to infect the bladder and kidneys. Women are more prone than men to develop UTIs because they have shorter urethras allowing bacteria easier access to the bladder. Sexual intercourse can introduce bacteria into the urinary tract, too.

What are Symptoms of UTIs?

Urinary tract infections cause a number of painful or uncomfortable symptoms including:

  • A burning feeling during urination
  • A frequent or intense urge to urinate accompanied by only small amounts of urine
  • Pain or pressure in the back or lower abdomen
  • Cloudy, dark, bloody, or strange-smelling urine
  • Fatigue
  • Fever or chills

How are UTIs Treated?

Patients who experience any of the symptoms listed above and think they have a UTI should make an appointment with the doctors at Leavitt Women’s Healthcare for diagnosis and treatment. Patients will be asked to give a urine sample, which will be tested for UTI-causing bacteria. If a patient has a UTI, the doctor will prescribe an antibiotic to clear the infection. Patients should finish the prescribed cycle of medicine completely, even if they start to feel better. It is also important to drink plenty of water to help flush the bacteria from the urinary tract. The doctor may prescribe medication to ease any pain or may suggest using an over-the-counter painkiller and heating pad to relieve the symptoms. Chronic UTIs may indicate a more serious condition requiring further testing and treatment.

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    "All were amazing and really helped me feel comfortable, especially in high stress situations. All of their staff is so kind and welcoming to everyone as well."

    McKenzie W.
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    "I figured it was one to leave a male point of view for this guy. Dr Leavitt has delivered all 3 of my children. Perhaps the most personable doctor I have ever met."

    Aaron B.
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    "He has a wonderful bedside manner, spends all the time you need answering any questions and/or concerns, and most importantly you're never rushed..."

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    "I really felt like they all cared about me and my health and overall wellbeing. Scott even called over a weekend to give me my test results!"

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    "Talk about friendly staff and Doctor!! He always has the time. His bedside manner is the best! Pregnant or not, you are #1 priority. I will never go elsewhere."

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    "As a first time mom, I could not be more satisfied with my experience at Leavitt Women's Center with Dr Adams as my OB! All around great people!"

    Rachael H.
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    "I went to Dr Adam's for my 2nd pregnancy and I have never felt so comfortable with a doctor's office like I did this one."

    Jenna H.
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    "I had an incident a few days after I gave birth at 2:00 in the morning; where other offices wouldn't be available Dr. Leavitt answered the phone after just two rings."

    Kelly K.
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    "With every birth Dr. Leavitt always made sure I had wonderful experience and included my husband in every delivery. I'm so thankful I had him as my doctor."

    Jamie C.
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    "I have had one appointment with Dr Adams and he was very nice and took time to get to know me."

    Angie M.
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    "They are very professional & Dr. Leavitt always took the time to talk to me! I never felt rushed during an appointment."

    Kristina B.
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    "I couldn't have chosen a better doctor to care for me and my baby! Dr. Leavitt went above and beyond for us and was willing to answer every question!"

    Danielle L.
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    "Dr. Adams has been absolutely amazing! The pregnancy has been a little rough and he was always more than willing to answer any questions and address any concerns I had."

    Alicia D.