Ask the Experts- January 2023

By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: January 16, 2023

Dear Red Hot Mamas,

This question is quite embarrassing for me to ask, however, this health problem I am having seems to be getting a bit worse. I am wondering what is wrong with me because lately I am always looking for the nearest bathroom wherever I go. Could you please shed some light as to why this might be happening? Thank you.


Dear Sharon,

Thank you for writing to Red Hot Mamas. There is a possibility that you might have a urinary tract infection (UTI). UTIs are caused by bacteria entering through the urethra and multiplying in the bladder. About half of all women get a UTI at least once in their lives and some women suffer repeated infections. And women are twice as likely as men to develop UTIs due to our anatomy. Our urethra is shorter, so bacteria must travel a shorter distance before they can wreak havoc, and as we age the bladder tissues become thin, and it makes women even more susceptible to infection. However, if you have a urinary infection, it can usually be easily treated with a short course of antibiotics. Peeing problems aren’t always due to a UTI. Sometimes peeing problems occur as a result of a side effect of a medication you may be taking, i.e., a diuretic for high blood pressure. Your doctor could change doses or prescribe a new medicine if needed.  Also, frequent urination may also be an early sign of diabetes. It is important for you to see your doctor about the issues you are experiencing.