5 Myths About Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Available for Interviews: Dr. Karyn Eilber

Karyn Eilber, MD, is a board-certified urologist, an associate professor of urology & OB/GYN at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, and is an expert in women’s health and men & women’s sexual wellness.

What Dr. Eilber can say in an interview on
UTIs:

Are you having more than three urinary tract infections (UTIs) per year? You have recurrent urinary tract infections, and chances are you’ve done some of your own research on what’s causing them and how to prevent them. But what is true?

5 Myths About UTIs:
    1. It must be a hygiene issue.
      It’s unlikely your hygiene routine has changed. More than likely it’s due to a hormonal change.

    2. My partner must be dirty
      It’s never been shown that showering before, during, or after sex can consistently prevent UTI.

    3. Cranberry juice is the best way to prevent infections.
      A specific part of the cranberry is good at preventing infections, but you probably need to drink a lot of juice to get enough. You would be better off taking a cranberry supplement with the maximum amount of the active ingredient.

    4. Only antibiotics can prevent UTIs. 
      That is true sometimes, but certain cranberry supplements and “anti-infectives” (not antibiotics) can often work and many women benefit from hormone replacement.

    5. You can stop antibiotics when you feel better.
      Oftentimes “recurrent” UTI is really the same UTI that hasn’t been completely treated because the person doesn’t finish the complete course of antibiotics or a urine test isn’t done and the antibiotic prescribed isn’t the right one.

 

Interview: Dr. Karyn Eilber

Karyn Eilber, MD, is a board-certified urologist with sub-specialty board certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and has over 20 years of experience taking care of women’s most intimate needs. She is an Associate Professor of Urology and Obstetrics & Gynecology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and is the Associate Program Director for the Cedars-Sinai Urology Residency Training Program. Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai, Dr. Eilber served at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Urology Department, where she gained extensive experience in pelvic reconstruction following cancer treatment.

​Dr. Eilber’s research focus has been in the field of urogynecology, and she has published multiple peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters. In addition to being a member and past president of the Los Angeles Urologic Society, Dr. Eilber is a member of the American Urological Association, the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital reconstruction, the American Urogynecologic Society, and the Society of Women in Urology. She is also a Founding Medical Partner of Doctorpedia.

Dr. Eilber earned her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California, Riverside, which was an accelerated 3-year premedical program that allowed her to matriculate into the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine (UCLA). She completed a general surgery internship, urology residency, and female pelvic medicine fellowship at UCLA. 

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