Stress and anxiety can cause a lot of uncomfortable symptoms. But can stress cause a UTI? For many patients, there seems to be a correlation. In this article, we’ll explain how stress can affect your urinary health- and how patients can avoid a painful infection.
What is a UTI?
A urinary tract infection (or UTI for short) is usually caused by bacteria that has entered a person’s urinary tract through the urethra. This can lead to an infection of the urinary system, including the urethra, bladder, and/or kidneys. Urinary tract infections can cause pain while urinating, sudden urges to urinate, pelvic pain/pressure, and urine that appears cloudy or has a strong odor. While UTIs are most common in women, both men and children can also get these infections.
Common UTI Causes
UTIs can be caused by a variety of different issues. Often, bacteria move into the urinary tract after sex or with poor wiping habits. Sometimes, other health issues such as STIs, kidney stones, or an enlarged prostate can also be the culprit. Therefore, it’s important to talk to a doctor about your UTI, even if it is responding well to home care.
Can Stress Cause a UTI?
If you suffer from high stress levels or anxiety, you might also develop a urinary tract infection. Can stress cause a UTI? Not directly. However, stress can increase your cortisol levels, which can affect your immune system and make you more prone to infections. Stress can also cause muscle tension, which might impact your bladder muscles.
Talk to Your Doctor
If you have a UTI, then it’s important to see a doctor. However, if you believe your UTIs are linked to your stress levels, then it’s especially important to seek care. This might be a sign that your stress levels are out of control. A professional can help you find counseling, medications, or other treatment options to help you manage your chronic stress.
Take Charge of Your Health
At Emergency Hospital Systems, we are here to help you live a healthy and happy life. We offer tools for UTI care, as well as psychological services to help you get your stress under control. Click here to find the EHS location nearest you.