Extra Virgin :: Women's Health PSA

One night in my early twenties, I kept waking up feeling like I had to go to the bathroom. I probably was up more than ten times that night, but little-to-no urine would come out. There was no specific area of pain, but I felt extremely uncomfortable and had a burning sensation when I tried to pee. The next morning I made a doctor’s appointment and she easily diagnosed it as a Urinary Tract Infection.

Over half of all women will experience at least one UTI in their lifetime, so it’s a good idea to know what these infections are and how to treat them. A urinary tract infection is any infection in your urethra, bladder, ureters or kidneys. Here are some of the symptoms of a UTI ::

  • Burning or pain when you pee
  • A strong urge to urinate
  • Lower abdominal or vaginal pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Blood in the urine or on toilet paper when you wipe
  • Fever and chills.

If you think you may have a UTI, there are many home remedies that can fight the infection ::

  • Drink plenty of water (until you’re urinating every thirty to sixty minutes) to flush the infection from your system
  • Drink cranberry juice (with no added sugar) to add acidity to your system that may help restore the ph-balance of your body
  • Cut out sugar and diary from your diet (both feed bacteria)
  • Eat plain yogurt or a probiotic

Things you can do to prevent an UTI ::

  • Drink plenty of water every day, which will help your system flow smoothly and will flush bacteria from your system.
  • Limit your sugar and dairy intake, both of which feed bacteria.
  • Wipe yourself from front to back to prevent fecal matter from spreading to your vagina.
  • Sleep without undies to air dry every night. I went from experiencing regular UTIs to never having them after incorporating this one small change.
  • Change out of your workout clothes after exercising. My OB/GYN suggests putting on a pair of loose cotton shorts, without any underwear, to allow yourself to dry after exercising.
  • Wear 100% cotton underwear. Cotton allows the most air flow of any fabric, so this will keep things cool and dry. Remember, it’s when things are warm and damp that bacteria and yeast grows.

If you do develop a UTI and go see a doctor, you will be prescribed an antibiotic. This usually clears up the infection, but in the past few years there have been alarming accounts of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in UTIs. This is incredibly dangerous, both for the infected person, but also for the rest of the world as bacteria becomes increasingly resistant to treatment. My advice is to be proactive and diligent about maintaining a healthy urinary tract so that you don’t ever develop an infection and have to take antibiotics.

This is kind of a long post, but after reading about the dangerous rise of untreatable UTIs, I thought I’d write a little PSA on the topic.

What about you? Have you ever had a UTI? What are some natural remedies you’ve found to treat and prevent them? Any other advice?

(Embroidery done by the women of The Embroidery Club)

Posted by Aanna on Monday, March 6th, 2017

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