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National Women's Health Week Spotlight: Urinary Tract Infections

If you've ever had a urinary tract infection (UTI), you know it can be painful and unpleasant. But did you know UTIs are the most common bacterial infection? One study even reported that half of all women will have a UTI in their lifetime.

How do you know for sure that you have a UTI? Are there home remedies that really work? When should you see a doctor? We're in the middle of National Women's Health Week, so today is a good day to answer some burning questions about women's health (apologies for the bad pun).

Dr. Benjamin Barenberg, who is a board certified and fellowship trained urogynecologist with INTEGRIS Women's Health Baptist at Baptist Medical Center, tells us everything we ever wanted to know (or not) about UTIs in this new video, including prevention, risk factors, warning signs and treatment options.


Benjamin J. Barenberg, M.D., FACOG, is a board certified and fellowship trained urogynecologist with INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center. Urogynecolgy is a fairly new subspecialty female patients often find themselves in need of due to increasing rates of pelvic floor disorders. Pelvic floor disorders can be the result of a weakened pelvic floor due to childbirth, obesity, surgery, disease or from heavy lifting or high-impact sports. Dr. Barenberg sees women affected by pelvic floor disorders, such as stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. For more information on prolapse, read this interesting article from the Washington Post.

He also sees women in need of specialized care related to previous vaginal mesh complications. Other common problems he sees include urinary or fecal incontinence, pelvic or vaginal pain, and difficulty emptying the bladder or bowels. Dr. Barenberg assists patients in need of advanced hormone replacement therapy including BHRT Pellet Therapy. He also does minimally invasive surgery and robotic surgery.

He earned his medical degree from the University of Texas in Galveston and completed his residency training at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. He furthered his education with fellowship training in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. During fellowship training, Dr. Barenberg received his Masters of Science degree in Clinical Research at the University of Oklahoma Graduate College.

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