Women's Health And UTI Specialist

Women's health is focused on the issues that affect women’s bodies, including female reproductive health. The skilled medical providers at Village have a wealth of experience in providing emergency care for women of all ages. The Village team treats a range of medical complications that are specific to women, from miscarriages to heart attacks. Call or visit any location at Village Emergency Centers at any hour if you need specialized emergency care for women.

Women's Health and UTI Q & A

What is women’s health care?

Women’s health care is focused on issues that specifically affect women and female reproductive health. Women’s health care is specialized and centered on caring for women and their unique needs.

The Village Emergency Centers provides a variety of diagnostic testing and treatments for women who have:

  • Pregnancy issues
  • Gynecological problems, including vaginal bleeding
  • Cardiovascular issues
  • Complications from cancer, including breast cancer
  • Sexually-transmitted infections
  • Vaginal or urinary tract infections

This list represents an overview of the myriad health problems that women face.

What women’s health problems may require emergency care?

Women face a number of emergency health issues that fall under any of the categories listed above. More specifically, these problems include:

  • Ruptured ovarian cysts
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Endometriosis
  • Miscarriage
  • Ectopic pregnancies
  • Complications due to gestational diabetes
  • Heart attack or stroke

Again, this list only represents some of the issues that require emergency care. If there’s any question as to whether you should seek immediate medical care, please call Village ER for guidance.

What are the symptoms of a heart attack in women?

About one in three women die annually in the United States because of heart disease or stroke. One of the biggest problems is that women often have symptoms that present differently than they do in men. To better understand the issue, here are most common signs of a heart attack in women:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain in one or both arms, or in the neck, jaw, back, or abdomen
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • A pressure or squeezing sensation in the chest

While these are largely the same symptoms that men experience, women may feel dizziness and lightheadedness, without feeling any pressure in their chests, which is the most common symptom associated with heart attacks. All too often, a woman is unaware that she’s having a problem until it’s too late, because heart attacks are most often associated with chest pains.

What is a urinary tract infection?

A UTI, or a urinary tract infection, is any infection that occurs in the urinary system, which includes your bladder, urethra, ureters, or kidneys. Most UTIs involve the bladder and urethra, and prompt treatment helps prevent the infection from moving into the ureters and kidneys, which is a more serious condition.

What are the symptoms of a UTI?

Although you may not have all of these symptoms when you have a urinary tract infection, the most common ones include:

  • Cloudy urine
  • Pelvic pain in women
  • Rectal pain in men
  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Urine that has a strong odor
  • Burning sensation during urination
  • Urine that’s pinkish or red, which indicates blood in your urine

What are the possible complications of a UTI?

If the UTI goes untreated or spreads to your kidneys, there can be serious complications, such as:

  • Recurring infections
  • Permanent kidney damage
  • Sepsis, or harmful bacteria and toxins in the tissues
  • Increased risk of premature birth in pregnant women
  • Urethritis, or inflammation of the urethra, that can cause it to narrow and become painful

What causes a UTI?

When your body’s defense system fails and bacteria enters your urinary tract, they settle and multiply, often in the bladder. In women, a common cause of UTIs is Escherichia coli (or E. coli, for short) which is a bacteria found in the gastrointestinal tract that spreads from the anus to the urethra when wiping back to front after a bowel movement.

Other causes include:

  • Sexual intercourse, especially with someone new
  • Certain types of birth control, such as diaphragms, can increase your risk of developing a UTI
  • A decline in estrogen levels, such as what occurs at menopause, can make your urinary tract more prone to infection
  • Congenital abnormalities in the urinary tract of babies can have urine back up in the urethra, increasing the risk of a UTI
  • A suppressed immune system

The Village Emergency Centers medical experts have extensive experience diagnosing and treating urinary tract infections. If you have symptoms, visit one our locations, which are open 24 hours a day and all year round.  

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