Recurrent UTIs | Pelvic Health and Reconstructive Surgery Center | Johns Hopkins Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are infections of any part of the urinary tract, including the urethra, bladder, ureters or kidneys.

The most common type of UTI is a bladder infection, also known as cystitis. Among women, 60% will experience a bladder infection at some point in their lifetime, and for most of these women, antibiotic treatment will clear their symptoms. Some, however, suffer from recurrent UTIs — defined as two or more infections, confirmed by a doctor, within six months— and may require further evaluation and treatment.

If you have frequent UTIs, trust the Johns Hopkins Women’s Center for Pelvic Health and Reconstructive Surgery to find a lasting solution.

Recurrent UTI Treatment: Why Choose Johns Hopkins

  • Our team of experts specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of UTIs, and uses comprehensive diagnostic tools to help identify any cause of chronic UTIs to create an effective treatment plan.
  • After treatment for active UTI, we counsel our patients on their risk factors for UTIs and how to protect their urinary health in the long term. We will work with you to develop personalized treatment plans that include a combination of therapies and lifestyles changes that reduce the risk of UTI recurrence.

Recurrent UTI Treatment: What to Expect

During your initial consultation, the clinician will discuss your medical history. Please bring any relevant medical records, such as laboratory tests and notes about treatments you received, so your provider can review those with you.

Diagnostic testing at Johns Hopkins may include:

  • A urine culture (to identify the bacteria causing your infection)
  • An examination with a cystoscope (special camera) to view the inside of your bladder
  • An ultrasound or CT scan to evaluate your kidney anatomy

After completing diagnostic tests, we will review the results with you and create a long-term management plan that protects you from future UTIs. This will include a combination of therapies and lifestyle changes. We will meet with you regularly to assess your progress and adjust the plan as needed.

Our Specialists

Pelvic health team poses in white coats

The Pelvic Health & Reconstructive Surgery Center Team.

Urogynecology Experts

Victoria Handa, M.D.
Melindia Mann, C.R.N.P.

Partnering Specialists

Infectious Diseases Expert

Susan Tuddenham, M.D., M.P.H.


Edward James Wright, M.D.

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