The UTI and You

Happy summer! Hope you’re enjoying barbecues, days in the park, late nights when it’s still light out, and fun in the sun! I recently went swimming with some friends, and it was a great time! However, it got me thinking about vaginal health. Did you know that sitting in a wet bathing suit can promote bacteria growth that can cause icky things UTI’s? Yea, not great. So today, let’s talk about UTI’s so that your summer fun isn’t ruined.

UTI- what is it?

UTI stands for Urinary Tract Infection, and it’s just that (an infection in your urinary tract. They’re actually super common, which is why you should never be embarrassed about getting a UTI. You can get UTI’s from a million different things. We’ll talk more about causes in a second, but the reason it’s typically a bigger issue for women as opposed to men is because women’s urethras are shorter and closer to the anus. As if women didn’t already have enough problems to worry about!

What are causes UTI’s?

UTI’s occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract. This could be caused from a million different things, and sometimes it’s a small thing you didn’t think would be a problem. For example, if you hold it in when you need to pee, you are making yourself susceptible to a UTI. When you have sex, you are introducing outside stuff (like bacteria) to your inside stuff, which is why making sure to have CLEAN sex is so important. Never have vaginal penetration after anal penetration without first cleaning very thoroughly.

How can you avoid getting a UTI?

  • Wear clean underwear everyday (preferably cotton, and nothing too tight)
  • Always wipe front to back when using the toilet
  • Don’t sit in damp/wet bottoms
  • Avoid using douches to clean. Don’t use anything other than good ol’ water to clean the vagina
  • Pee before and after sex! A lot of people will say after, but before is just as good if not better!
  • If you have to pee, don’t hold it in for long periods of time
  • Drink lots of water and pee often. It helps for you to flush anything icky out of your system

How would you know if you had a UTI?

  • Feeling the urge to pee frequently
  • Despite needing to pee really badly, not much comes out when you do pee
  • Burning sensation or pain when urinating
  • Urine is discolored (like cloudy or bloody)
  • Low fever (under 101 °F)
  • Pain in lower abdomen or groin area (like cramping or achiness)

So you think you have a UTI, now what?

As we said before, UTI’s are super common and can happen to even the most careful people. So don’t sweat it! The sooner they get treated, the less of a big deal they are. Go to a healthcare provider. Pee in a cup. It’s that easy! If you do have a UTI, then they write you a prescription for antibiotics and send you on your way! If you take the antibiotics as instructed, your UTI will be gone in a snap and you’ll be feeling all better! Lots of websites will tell you about home remedies or over the counter drugs, but I promise you, just go a doctor. The home remedies might help, but if the UTI gets further along, it could cause real problems for your health. Don’t mess around. If you think you have a UTI, just get it taken care of the right way.

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Latex-Free Condoms and Men’s Health

You might not think a primarily women-focused healthcare organization would have much to offer men, but you’d be wrong! Routine reproductive healthcare, STD/STI screenings, and cancer screenings are critical to a man’s health.  We also offer services surrounding contraception, preconception health, and basic infertility services. Reproductive and sexual health is just as important for men. We are here to answer your questions and provide reliable, confidential care.

In honor of men’s health month, let’s talk about condoms!

We’re always telling you to wear them. And yes, you should definitely wear them! But not all condoms are right for everyone, and using the wrong condom could be problematic. No, I’m not talking about all the different condom brands, or that fact that it’s physically impossible for a guy to be “too big” for a condom, I’m talking about latex.

Story time! So this comes from personal experience. I had been seeing the same guy for a while at this point (over six months) and sex just sucked. Always. It’s not like he was bad or I was bad, it was that intercourse was so uncomfortable for me that I just tried to avoid it entirely. So what do we tell you to do when something feels wrong? Go talk to a medical provider. So I did! She suggested a few things (like use lube, try vaginal relaxing exercises, and try latex free condoms). I tried some things, nothing seemed to help. I knew I wasn’t allergic to latex because I can use rubber gloves and Band-Aids just fine. Months later I finally bought a pack of latex-free condoms.

Turns out, you can have a latex sensitivity without being fully allergic to latex. And that has made such a significant difference in my comfort level that was definitely worth it!

So should you try latex free condoms? Well here’s the deal- latex condoms should be your go to. They’re abundant and have proven to significantly decrease the chance for both pregnancy and the spread of STI’s when used correctly. BUT if you find that you are allergic or sensitive to latex, there are still condoms for you!

Polyurethane: An excellent choice because they prevent STI’s as well as pregnancy. They’re great because they have a longer shelf life than latex condoms. They also conduct heat very well, which some feel creates a more intimate feeing. The downside is that they’re less form fitting than latex condoms, so it is highly recommended to use a water or silicone based lube with these.

Polyisoprene: The cool news is that these are more elastic and less likely to break than some other condom types. Plus, they’re a little thicker, so they’re more form fitting than Polyurethane. But don’t be discouraged because they’re a tiny bit thicker, they still feel very sensitive and natural. They will prevent pregnancy and STI’s.

(I actually use these. My condoms of choice are the Lifestyle SKYN condoms. They come in a standard and larger fit if you/your man finds them to be snug.)

Natural skin: Arguably your worst choice. Why? They don’t prevent the spread of STI’s because they’re very porous. They’re also VERY expensive. My advice? With the increase in availability of polyurethane and polyisoprene condoms, just pick one of the other kinds.

Hope this helps! My final word is about lubricants. Regardless if you use latex or latex-free condoms, always stay away from oil-based lubes!! They will dissolve your condom, and at that point why bother? Silicone or water-based lube is your friend.

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Pride Month!

Happy Pride Month! This month we are celebrating LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) pride! Or we can extend that acronym a little more to LGBTQIA to also include queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual. This acronym can be expanded even further, but I’m going to say LGBT to refer to the general community which encompasses everyone.

LGBT rights are something that have come a very long way, and still have a way to go. But we continue the fight for rights with celebration! This promotes visibility and creates a space for discussion. Lots of cities and towns host pride parades. Pittsburg Pride this year is June 2-11, although we’ll be celebrating pride all month long!

Adagio Health is so excited to show off our new logo color design! Adagio Health is a strong supporter of LGBTQ individuals and will always have our doors open to provide a safe space where health is the priority. We are committed to using people’s preferred terminology and will not assume anything. We ensure confidentiality so that everyone is open to being honest comfortably. We clearly label exam and waiting rooms as safe spaces, and we mean it. We want Adagio Health to be a place where everyone knows they are welcome and can be themselves. All patients will receive the care to make sure they are healthy, including STI testing, cancer screening, preventative vaccinations, and other services. If you’re a teen or anyone else looking for confidential healthcare, please come to us. You don’t need health insurance to make an appointment. We are here to make sure everyone is healthy regardless of sexual orientation or any other factor.

Stop by to say hi! We will be at PrideFest June 10 and 11! We will be handing out condoms, lube, and info on our services like cancer screening and STI testing. If you have any questions or want to learn more, feel free to email us at It’s a really fun day that you should make it out to if you can! Look for our table and stop by!

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National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month

May is packed with national holidays and things to celebrate! However, it’s time to talk about something a little more serious. National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month is the perfect opportunity to remind everyone that osteoporosis is something we all need to think about no matter what age you are.

First thing’s first. What is osteoporosis? It’s a bone disease where your body loses too much bone or doesn’t make enough in the first place (or both). It’s a serious issue because a simple slip could lead to a broken bone. It’s most common for people over the age of 50. It is typically more of a problem for women because estrogen begins to decrease after menopause (which protects your bones). It’s also worse because women tend to have thinner bones than men to begin with, and therefore less bone to lose. So when you reach 50+ it’s a good idea to look into getting bone density test done.

Thing is, it’s a mistake to think you only have to worry about this when you’re 50. No matter how old you are, you need to start thinking about what you need to do to have healthy bones for the future. Everyone needs to be eating a healthy diet that includes plenty of vitamin D and calcium (because you need both!). Don’t smoke or drink, and exercise. It’s simple stuff, but will make a world of difference later on.

At Adagio Health, we know the importance of starting early. Our Power Up program teaches elementary school kids about good nutrition and how to have strong bones and teeth. WIC helps pregnant women and young children learn about and get the needed nutrients to stay healthy.

The key here is that you need to be proactive when it comes to bone health. Bone loss is inevitable; your best defense is to do what you can as early as possible to prevent osteoporosis. From babies to adults, it’s always the right stage to start building stronger bones. Talk to the nutritionists at Adagio Health to find out more about what’s best for you at your stage.


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Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

Half of all pregnancies are unintended. 1 in 3 girls will become pregnant before age 20. The U.S. has the highest rate of teen and unintentional pregnancy among all first world counties.

It’s statistics like these that lead to the creation of Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month. While programs like Talk, The New Sex Ed are doing great work to change how we teach teens about sex, it doesn’t change that unintended pregnancies are still a huge issue. Here are some more statistics. Black and Hispanic teen girls are 2-3 times more likely to give birth than white teen girls. Lesbian and bisexual teens are at 2 times the risk of untended pregnancy as their heterosexual peers.

If you’re a teen, then this is very directly applicable to you. You need to be proactive about your health and take matters into your own hands. Seek out a medical professional and talk about birth control options. Many forms of birth control, like the IUD, are completely concealed and no one but you would have to know about it. Always (yea, always! Even if you’re on birth control!) wear a condom during sex. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Even before you see a doctor, you have so many resources available to answer your questions. Some good online ones are attached below.   Any family planning service provider (like Adagio Health) will be happy to tell you about your options and help to establish what is the best way for you to stay safe.

If you’re not a teen, you might be thinking that this is totally irrelevant to you. Well, it’s not. The biggest thing that adults need to remember is that being there and offering support can make a world of difference. Know a young adult? Even if it’s not your kid, make yourself available for questions and be a source of support. When we’re uninformed and feeling like we don’t have anyone backing us up, we make bad decisions.  Take your teen to talk about birth control before they become sexually active. It’s not an easy thing to think about for many parents, but it’s so important.

The experts and professionals at Adagio Health are here to support you. Whether you just have questions and want some tips or are making more serious decisions, we are here. It’s a cliché to say “don’t become another statistic,” but seriously. Don’t.


Got birth control questions?

For some more statistics and to learn more about Talk, visit:

Visit the CDC’s list of Contraceptive and Reproductive Health Services for Teens:

For more general teen pregnancy information, visit:




National Women’s Health Week 2017

Happy Women’s Health Week! At Adagio Health, every day is Women’s Health Day! Is it for you? We all have busy lives. When you’re juggling work, school, family, friends, meetings, assignments… your health can often times fall to the bottom of the priorities list. Consider this week to be your health New Year. Take stock of what you’re currently doing, and what you can (should) be doing. No matter what stage of your life you’re at, it’s always important to assess your own health. No matter how busy you are, you need to make time for your health, and this is the perfect week to do it!

National Women’s Health Week is May 14-20. This year is the 18th observation of the week set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. Bettering your health doesn’t have to be big things. Have you recently been seen for a regular checkup and preventative screenings? Are you eating well and avoiding unhealthy behaviors (like smoking or texting while driving)? Are you being active and taking care of your mental health?

At Adagio Health, we are here to help you in every way we can. But you need to be your best advocate. Take time for yourself and do what’s good for your health. Ask questions and talk to professionals. With so many resources available, there’s no excuse for not being on top of your well-being. Regardless of what’s going on in your life, when you make your health a priority, you’d be surprised how much easier everything else is to do. Women’s Health Week reminds us not only that we need to be mindful of our health, but also that women’s health is important and deserves to be celebrated!

For some great women’s health resources and learn more about National Women’s Health Week, visit:


National Nurses Week 2017

National Nurses Week is, like most holidays, there to remind us to appreciate something often taken for granted. We all know how important nurses are; we just don’t typically think of them regularly in our daily lives. We know when we need a nurse, but when we don’t need one we are less inclined to remember all those men and women who are working around the clock. From routine tasks to life saving procedures, nurses are a fundamental element in keeping people healthy. It should be a given that we have at least a week to appreciate and celebrate these heroes.

But National Nurses Week hasn’t been around for very long. In 1953, Dorothy Sutherland requested that President Eisenhower name a “Nurse Day.” This appeal was denied along with many others for decades. It wasn’t until 1974 that the President Nixon proclaimed a week in February as National Nurse Week. Various weeks and days were chosen to recognize nurses until The ANA (American Nurses Association) Board selected May 6 to be the official day back in 1982. Eight years later, The ANA Board of Directors declared May 6-12 as National Nurses Week. Since then, National Student Nurses Day has been set for May 8 and National Nurse Practitioner Week is celebrated in November. 2017 is “The Year of the Healthy Nurse.” The ANA has additionally themed this year’s week as “Nursing: The Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit.”

Here at Adagio Health, we are especially lucky to have such professional and capable staff of nurse practitioners. They are the ones who preform cancer screening and gynecological exams, amongst other things. Without their training and expertise, we would not be able to offer the many services we do. We are so grateful to them and to all nurses who work tirelessly to save lives keep people healthy. This week and every week, Adagio Health would like to say thank you.

For more information about National Nurses Week, check out the ANA’s website: