What is a urinary tract infection?
As a long time sufferer of chronic UTI’s, I’ve become somewhat of an expert on the subject. After giving birth to my second child this quickly became the norm for me. It was devastating to say the least. Initially, I saw numerous doctors in an effort to determine how to fix it. In the end, a urologist told me I had to live with it. I told him what he should go live with. If you’ve never had one, consider yourself lucky and blessed. “Urinary tract infections frequently recur and affect 2 percent to 3 percent of all women.” I suffered for about three to four years, having three to four each month.
Like checking your breast for lumps, having your yearly exams is equally important. You have to be proactive and be our own advocate. No one knows your body better than you do. Another key element in understanding UTI’s, as women, we must talk about these issues with each other because chances are someone you know is experiencing the exact same thing. You don’t have to go through it alone and there’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Remember aging and childbirth, two known evils that will quickly change what you thought you once knew all so well—our bodies!
Here’s what I know about UTI’s:
Burning sensation after urination;
- Frequent use of the bathroom often times urine just trickles.
- Your belly feels tender or heavy.
- Your urine is cloudy and may have a strong odor
- Lower back pain
- Eliminate or reduce the consumption of alcohol, caffeine, and chocolate.
- Stay away from bubble baths and strong scented soaps. Avoid douches, feminine hygiene sprays, and other feminine hygiene products with deodorant.
- Wear cotton underwear.
- Drink lots of water.
- Wipe from front to back
- Urinate before and/or after sex
- Try pure cranberry juice, cranberry extract, or cranberry pills. I swear by this and take two pills daily. BTW, make sure it’s PURE cranberry juice, typically costs more than $7 per bottle and makes lemons and limes taste like cotton candy. If it tastes gross then you bought the right thing.
- Ask your doctor about preventative medicines
I’m happy to say that my occurrences are far and few in between and I have a much better handle on it. I sincerely hope you found the information helpful.