If you've ever had a UTI, you recognize the symptoms immediately: Going to pee feels like pushing razor blades out of your urethra, and you have to go pee essentially every 30 seconds. It's a particular hell so bad that rushing out of bed directly after sex to go to the bathroom is WORTH IT to avoid three days of misery and those weird pills that turn your pee red.
The only saving grace for UTIs is that they're pretty easily curable with some antibiotics—or at least they are for now. A new list released by the World Health Organization suggests that E. coli, a leading cause of UTIs, is becoming resistant to some antibiotics, according to PBS.
"For UTIs in particular, intravenous injection of the antibiotic colistin is a last-ditch option—but resistance to colistin is emerging in India and China," reports PBS. "Scientists believe that colistin resistance might have developed because farmers are using the drug as a growth promoter in livestock."
It's estimated that about half of all women will get an UTI at least once in her life (though some women have a particular predisposition to them, and get UTIs more often). Men can get UTIs, but they're incredibly rare. If a UTI runs amuck after being untreated (or perhaps if it can't be treated with antibiotics), it can cause other problems like kidney infection or sepsis, which can be deadly. So! Here's your regular reminder to get the fuck out of bed and go pee the second you're done having sex, and drink loads of water. UTIs are terrible enough as they are. The thought of a DRUG RESISTANT UTI is my personal version of the apocalypse.
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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.