Women are sharing their frustration with doctors who don’t take their UTIs seriously.
One women posted her experience on her Twitter profile "dirtbag winemom," stating, “We need a Disney princess with chronic UTIs who goes to the doctor and the doctor tells her to always pee after sex and the princess says she already doing that and the doctor says well that’s all the advice I have.”
Her tweet was shared thousands of times and hundreds of women posted similar experiences with urinary tract infections.
@zairiaxoxo tweeted, “One time I got a UTI that spread to my kidneys and could have killed me. I had a fever of 108 & couldn’t ever keep any food down. The doctor blew it off as “the flu” and didn’t give me antibiotics because viruses aren’t killed by them. UTIs are DANGEROUS and need to be taken seriously.
@HopeMorton tweeted, “Can’t thank you enough for starting the conversation. I’ve suffered with chronic cystitis my whole life — I had to leave my job and became super isolated — seeing other people’s stories has made my feel less alone.”
There are more than 150 million cases worldwide each year. Many women who see doctors for severe symptoms can test negatively for UTI's and be sent home without treatment. But a recent study found almost all women with symptoms have traces of bacteria that cause infection.