AUSTIN, Texas — A new study has found that a number of common and common-sense practices, such as using an abdominal ultrasound, do not increase the risk of UTIs.
The study published online on March 4 in JAMA Internal Medicine found that the most common practice for a UTI was the use of a cesarean section, or caesareans, and that the risk for the most frequent UTI of all was the first one.
Only one out of 15 women in the study had an acute UTI during the first trimester.
While the study found that only 3.6% of women had an UTI while using an epidural or vaginal birth, the authors found that those who did had an increased risk of the UTI for the second and subsequent trimesters.
A number of other common practices, like using a tampon, have also been linked to UTIs, including the use during a pregnancy, or in a second trimester, to dilate a fistula, or an opening in the cervix, during labor.
“This is an important and important study to see how common the UTIs are and what can be done to decrease the likelihood of a UTIs,” said Dr. Michael A. Riggs, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Houston.
In a statement, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) said: “This study confirms that vaginal and caesarian sections do not appear to be an effective prevention method for UTIs in women of childbearing age.
It also highlights the need for further research into the effectiveness of caesaring techniques and the risk factors for UTI.”
We also want to stress that vaginal birth is not a safe method of birth for women of reproductive age, and we encourage all women to discuss the risks and benefits of vaginal birth with their physician.
“More information about UTIs and pregnancy can be found at: www.cdc.gov/utility/utilities/utilization/uti.htm