Ever slashed your water intake before a long bus ride or flight? Skipped a restroom because it looks like the one from Trainspotting? Worn spandex leggings for 12 hours straight? Then we need to talk.
A urinary tract infection (or UTI for short) is caused by bacteria entering the urinary tract. Women have a shorter urethra (the tube that carries pee out the body) than men, so they’re at greater risk — but that doesn’t mean that men can’t get them too. Normally a little bacteria down there isn’t a problem, but things you frequently experience while traveling — like dehydration, tight clothes, casual sex, and holding in your pee — can all increase your risk of developing an infection. Team that with a clammy climate and all of a sudden, you notice something feels a bit wrong down there. So, you think you have a UTI? Here’s what you need to do.