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Understanding UTIs and Bladder Pain: Fact vs. Myth | Dr. Suzanne Fenske

More than half of women get a UTI at some point. What do you need to know about UTIs, prevention, and bladder pain? Listen to Dr. Fenske share facts and tips.

More than 50% of women get a urinary tract infection (UTI) in their lifetime. Some women struggle with recurring UTIs, which can be painful and stressful. We’ve all heard various tips and myths about UTI prevention and treatment. Today, we’re discussing the facts.


In this episode, Dr. Suzanne Fenske, OB-GYN and founder of Tara MD, explains the symptoms of UTI in women, plus various treatment options and how women get UTIs. She also shares about bladder pain syndrome, a similar diagnosis that impacts more women than you’d think. We discuss the most common question of how to get rid of a UTI, and explore interesting reflections about other reproductive health topics.


Discussed in this episode:


  • Similarities and differences in symptoms of UTIs vs bladder pain syndrome

  • How is a UTI diagnosed and treated?

  • Common causes of UTI

  • The role of dehydration and alcohol in painful bladder syndrome

  • UTI prevention tips, myths, and facts

  • UTI and menopause

  • Endometriosis and bladder pain syndrome

  • Types of medical specialists that address UTI and painful bladder syndrome


“Pelvic pain is so complex, it’s often difficult to differentiate what’s causing it— we have a lot of organs down there. That’s why UTIs and bladder pain syndrome are so often misdiagnosed.” - Dr. Suzanne Fenske

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