What's a UTI? What's Not a UTI?

How can I tell if I have a UTI or a yeast infection?

It is common for women to experience urinary tract infections and/or yeast infections
at some point in their lives. Since the symptoms can be kind of scary, it’s good to
know what to expect. I think it’s great that you are seeking information about these
common health issues - knowledge is power. Luckily, UTIs and yeast infections are
fairly easy to differentiate between.

Symptoms of a UTI:

  • Frequent urge to urinate, but not much urine comes out when you do.
  • A dull pain in the lower right portion of your back.
  • If you start feeling this pain, it is extremely important to get to a doctor as soon as possible, because this can develop into a kidney infection. The doctor will prescribe a short course of antibiotics.

Symptoms of a yeast infection:

  • Itchy, painful feeling around the vagina and labia.
  • Thick, clumpy vaginal discharge.
  • Yeast infections are easier and faster to treat via a visit to the drugstore and picking up Monistat or it’s equivalent. Sometimes yeast infections clear up on their own within a week. If this is your first time experiencing these symptoms, it may be a good idea to visit a doctor.

Here is some more information about yeast infections and UTIs: