Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are quite common, especially for women. Between 50 percent and 60 percent of women are affected by a UTI at some point in their life, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). By age 24, 1 in 3 women experiences a UTI that requires antibiotics, prompting an estimated 8 million to 10 million doctor visits per year.
With numbers like that, it's little wonder women seek ways to prevent and treat UTIs at home.
As with every other topic under the sun, millions of videos on social media platforms offer tips and tricks for dealing with UTIs. But problems arise when those videos have no medical evidence behind them. If UTIs are not treated properly, they can migrate up the urinary tract and lead to serious complications, including kidney infections. Sometimes, they can cause permanent damage.
A 2022 study published in the Journal of Urology examined the accuracy of YouTube videos that focused on the treatment and prevention of UTIs. Its findings, presented at the 2022 American Urological Association (AUA) conference, were provocative, if not downright alarming.