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is Part III in a series of articles on self-help urinary tract
infection treatment. In the first article, we discussed urinary tract
infections, and laid out a first aid procedure in the event of an
attack. In the second article, we went through many possible causes of
UTI’s and also urinary tract irritation where no infection is
present, in order to pinpoint the cause. So now that you know what is
causing your problem, let’s discuss what we are going to do
about, to prevent recurring infections and irritations in the future!
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III is all about the “cure” for a recurring urinary
tract infection. The only cure is to discover the cause and take away
the conditions necessary for this problem to continue. As they say, an
ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you ask me, that is an
Urinary Tract Infections
Caused By Intercourse
you find that your infections tend to show up after intercourse, there
are several measures you can take to prevent this from happening any
to intercourse, wash the vaginal area and the perineum with soap and
water, to eliminate surface bacteria that can be massaged into the
urethra. Just as importantly, make sure your partner washes his penis
thoroughly prior to intercourse as well. Don’t be embarrassed
to ask him to do this, as he will be more than willing if he cares
about you and is worth your time. And don’t worry about it
killing the mood. If you are truly attracted to your partner, this
won’t cause a problem, and you will feel much more relaxed
during intercourse knowing it isn’t going to cause you pain
intercourse, make sure you go urinate! If some bacteria managed to get
in your urethra anyway, urinating immediately will do wonders to wash
it out. Make sure you are plenty hydrated to flush your bladder out.
Also, make sure you are following the washing method outlined below in
order to keep your perineum free of harmful bacteria throughout the
day. If you follow this properly, you, at least, can usually get out of
having to wash right before intercourse.
tip, if you are comfortable doing this, would be to go panty-free for
about three months following your wedding. This is an age-old method to
preventing “honeymoon cystitis”.
Personal Hygiene Routine All Women
Should Be Following
is something that all women, especially women with recurring urinary
tract infections, should be following. I’m sure that most of
you know to wipe from front to back, especially after a bowel movement,
in order to keep the fecal bacteria in the anal region where it should
be. But, wiping yourself with toilet paper is not sufficient. The
bacteria are still present on the skin, and when you pull up your
underwear, especially thongs, it can easily be spread around. This can
cause infection in the vagina and urethra on its own, and is certainly
helped when intercourse occurs later in the day.
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simple way to cure this problem is to keep a plastic squirt bottle in
the bathroom to use after each bowel movement. Prepare yourself by
filling the bottle with lukewarm water before using the restroom and
take it with you to the toilet. After your bowel movement, once you
have wiped yourself “clean”, but before pulling up
your panties, you are going to use this bottle of water to help prevent
infection. While sitting on the toilet, use the bottle to squirt the
water all in the anal region, and wipe it away, front to back, with
toilet paper. Repeat a few times in order to wipe the bacteria away as
completely as possible. Once you are finished, you can then pull up
your panties, knowing you will not be spreading bacteria around where
it should not be. Try it; it really can help, not to mention how fresh
it will make you feel!
good hygiene for all women, and if you have an episiotomy scar
that is encouraging bacterial migration, this could be your
you wear lots of pretty underwear? Chances are, this could be the
culprit. If you think it is, switch to cotton underwear, and try to
stay away from thongs. A thong can easily transfer bacteria from the
anal area to the vaginal area. Cotton underwear is the most breathable
and will help prevent yeast infections as well as urinary tract
infections. The above outlined hygiene routine
will also help greatly
with this problem and allow you to more freely be able to wear a thong
if that is really your thing!
vaginal infection has caused your UTI, you must eliminate the
vaginal infection in order to keep the urethra safe. If it is a yeast
infection caused by antibiotics, you may need to try a yeast infection
treatment along with the antibiotic treatment (if you must have
antibiotics), but talk to your doctor about this option first. The best
thing is to avoid the antibiotics, if possible.
young women whose UTI’s seem to have begun with the onset
of menstruation, there may be a couple of reasons for this. For one, a
young woman who is new to menstruating may not know the proper adult
hygiene she should be following. Be sure to wash the vaginal area with
soap and water every day. Following the personal hygiene
with the squirt bottle on the vaginal area (in addition to the anal
region) during menstruation will help keep the blood washed away, which
also possible that the change in hormones is causing a higher
production of acid in the kidneys, so be sure to drink plenty of water
and see if this eases the problem.
those of you that have discovered the cold to be your culprit,
there are things you can do to help prevent this problem. Make sure to
bundle up, for one! Keep the lower back, stomach, and urethral areas as
warm as possible. Don’t sit on a cold stone or bench, as this
can send a chill up the urethra very quickly. Wear sufficient
undergarments with skirts and dresses to prevent a draft from chilling
the vaginal area.
you feel irritation coming on, be sure to drink plenty of
fluids as soon as possible, and warm yourself sufficiently. A
teaspoonful of sodium bicarbonate with your beverage may help, as long
as you don’t have blood pressure problems, a heart condition,
or any other medical condition that may prevent you from consuming it
safely. If you can, take a warm shower or bath to calm the nerves in
those of you who find that travel vibrations cause an upset
bladder, try sitting on a pillow to absorb the vibrations. Drink plenty
of fluids and empty your bladder regularly.
and Beverage Irritation Solutions
believe that something you are consuming may be causing your
problems, then this can be an easy fix.
away from caffiene if you consume a lot of it, and see if things
don’t clear up. I know this can be hard, but just try weaning
yourself down slowly. Caffiene is something I gave up years ago. It
will help you in the long run, as caffiene is unhealthy in other ways
If alcohol seems to bring your
problems on, make sure you drink plenty
of water when you drink alcohol, and observe your body’s
reactions to the amount you consume closely. Once you understand your
limits, you can follow that each time you decide to drink.
you have recently consumed a lot of strawberries, citrus fruits, or
spicy foods and find yourself with an irritated bladder, drink lots of
fluids and try not to overdo it on these things in the future.
Always make sure you are drinking
lots of water! Staying hydrated is
important for a number of reasons, but in this instance we are just
worried about our bladders. Drinking plenty of water-based fluids will
keep the acid from your kidneys diluted so that you do not feel urgency
to urinate. If your urine is dark yellow, you are not drinking enough
fluids. It should be a light yellow color or even clear if you are
hydrating yourself properly.
& Glucose - Modified Diet
In the event you know you have no
bacterial infection, and nothing else
is working for you, you can try a modified diet to see if it will help.
Always discuss dietary changes with your physician before trying it
out. Some people’s bladders do not like excreting starch or
glucose. Try a starch and glucose free diet for 7-10 days and see if
things improve for you. If in that time, it does not work, then this is
not your problem. Keep in mind that this diet must be strictly adhered
to for that time frame in order to discover if this is the problem or
not. Below is a guideline as to what foods you can and cannot eat in
order to try out this diet and see if it will help you.
to avoid: white flour, white sugar, bread, cookies, sweet drinks, jam,
cakes, biscuits, sweets, chocolate, cocoa, wheat, rye, barley and its
derivatives (which includes grain alcohols, liquid glucose, and
vegetable fats), corn, oats, the onion family, the bean family, and
ground nuts. Also avoid commercial cakes, candy bars, and cookies, as
almost all contain chocolate, flour, glucose, or syrup. Also, keep in
mind that lactose intolerance can also contribute to bladder problems.
may freely eat meat, cheese, fish, butter, eggs, fresh fruits, and
green and root vegetables (just avoid the onion and bean families). To
make up for the missing bread and cakes, you should consume adequate
amounts of potatoes, rice, tapioca, and sugar (not brown). You can use
olive oil for cooking, but avoid other oils.
your bladder function becomes normal during this diet, continue the
diet for at least two weeks to be sure this is not just a temporary
situation. Then, spend two days eating beans, onions, and sweets, and
see if this causes the bladder to act up again. If so, you know that
your change in diet is what has indeed solved your bladder problems.
Return to the strict diet to regain control of your urinary tract.
can often slowly add in things you have been avoiding to see what your
body may tolerate, such as barley, oats, and corn. If anything you add
back in causes irritation, continue to avoid that food product. Only
add something new every 2-3 days, so that if you do have a reaction,
you will know what caused it. You can also try gluten-free breads and
biscuits to see if these are okay for you. Remember that each
individual person will have a different degree of tolerance, so you may
just have to experiment to see what will work for you. This diet has
worked for both men and women experiencing seemingly unexplainable
urinary tract problems.
a boost to your efforts, there are alternative treatments I would like
to suggest. There are natural remedies to get rid of these nasty
infections that don't have the harmful side affects you get from
antibiotics, that can both clear up an infection and help you to
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