Monday's Roundup: New research on bacteria in the female bladder, & more...

Summer is in full swing, and after reading our hand-selected articles from the web, so will your work week. May your coffee be strong and your Monday be short.

“STIs infecting the urogenital tract, such as gonorrhea and chlamydia, when symptomatic, are more likely to share symptoms with UTIs. For example, when gonorrhea has infected the urethra and does cause symptoms, they are usually painful, frequent and urgent urination.” How do you tell the difference between a UTI and an STI?

Endometriosis is a condition that affects one in ten women in the United States. Elagolix has just been approved by the FDA in order to treat pain caused by enometriosis. In a clinical trial of 1,700 women, those who received the treatment reported a significant reduction in three types of pain: nonmenstrual pelvic pain, menstrual pelvic pain, and pain during intercourse.

Another topic to add to the list of myths surrounding UTIs: Urine in women is sterile. Researchers at Loyola University Chicago and Loyola Medicine have found that the female bladder not only contains bacteria, but the microbes are similar to those found in the vagina.

“Women’s health issues and biological processes have long been shrouded in secrecy and shame. Who among us hasn’t hidden our pad or tampon wrappers under a wad of toilet paper, lest we appear unattractive or messy? The result: We feel alone, often at a young age, when we are anything but.” Please do yourself a favour and check out the Gender Letter, a weekly take on culture and news.

Watching TV shows, reading, scrolling through Instagram for memes— while these certainly pass the time these activities are far from hobbies. Do you have a hobby?

The perfect summer recipe: curried chickpea quinoa burgers. Packed with protein, fibre, and flavour— try the recipe here.