Urinary Tract Infections 5
Op. Gotta pee. (door closing) (zipper unzipping) There are three things I wanna tell you about urine. (intro: slam and discreet cough) Lesson one, there is a system responsible for discharging urine. It does not include the vagina. Urine is produced in the kidneys, it comesdown two tubes called the ureters,
it's held in the bladder and then exits throughthe urethra in a hole called the meatus. Most meatuses are located here in the vulvain between the vagina and the clitoris and here on the penis at the glans or head. And then because no body is the same, we've got meatuses that are sometimes located here and here and here and here. Note, none of these holes are the vagina. Many people think that vaginas are theexit point for urine, but they're not. Not typically anyway.
So why do people think that urine leaves the body via the vag? Perhaps they weren't taught, or didn't learn. Perhaps they think that the vagina isthe opposite of the penis and therefore since urine comes out of the penis thenit must come out of the vagina. Or maybe because they sit down on the toilet, urinate, and it feels like it's coming out of their vagina. Lesson two, there aren't usually germs in the urinary tract. Germs do attack the urinary tract by goingthrough the meatus up the urethra.
This is commonly referred to as a urinary tract infection, or a UTI. Some people call it the quot;Honeymoon Diseasequot;. Why do they call it that? Because when a newlywed couple is gettingsloppy, there are bodily fluids everywhere that transmit the bacteria from the anus to the vagina. Now you've just been told. Ok. It's incredibly painful. You'll feel the urge to pee, you'll go to the bathroomand nothing will come out except maybe a trickle.
This sensation will persist,minutes later the same process again. Then you add feeling feverish, nauseous, achy. If you finally do get anything out of yoursystem, it's cloudy and pungent smelling. Oh, and it burns. So you're ready to get help. When you do, the might say something like quot;You've got a urinary tract infection,here's a prescription for antibiotics. Take these and you'll feel better soonquot;.
And you might reply, quot;Oh no, I don't want to putantibiotics in my system, no unnecessary things here. I don't want to create a giant superbugthat's going to be drug resistantquot;. And the might say, quot;If you don't dowhat I recommend, you'll probably be crawling back in here tomorrow much worse.quot; And you might take the prescription, surrendering to the excruciating, inflamed irritation between your legs. Okay, so a few hours later,you go to the bathroom again, and you think it's going to be this agonizing pain but it's not,