Everything you need to know about urine infections #UnifiedFem

Urine Infections – not everyone is blessed with experiencing one of these bad boys within their lifetime, but if you’re someone like me who gets them every single month, they can really become a pain in the backside (or should I say bladder).

For those who are unsure of what urine infections (or also known as a UTI) are or know what they are but unsure of ways to cure one, then hopefully I can help.

What are the symptoms of a urine infection (UTI)?

So… if you’ve never had one before, you are probably wondering what they feel like. Let’s go through a small list of symptoms for you, so if you ever get one you know what it is.

  • A burning sensation when you pass urine
  • A constant need to pass urine
  • Cloudy, dark or orange urine
  • Pain in the abdominal area
  • Blood in your urine (this doesn’t happen with every case, usually it only happens with severe UTIs – sometimes you cannot see the blood in your urine)
  • Feeling dizzy or disorientated
  • A high temperature

How do you get a urine infection?

Here are a few of the main causes of a UTI:

  • Sexual intercourse
  • Not keeping your private areas clean
  • Wiping back to front instead of front to back

They can also be caused by:

  • Kidney stones
  • Pregnancy
  • Chlamydia
  • Certain types of birth control

Being a woman can make you very susceptible to having urine infections, because our anatomy is different to a males. This means that, because our urethra is shorter, it takes less time for bacteria to travel up.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, then please visit your GP.

Tip to prevent UTIs: Never hold your pee!

How to prevent urine infections:

From my experience, I want to talk about how to prevent urine infections. During my time of dealing with UTIs, I managed to learn what things eased the pain or prevented them from occurring again.

Here are 5 of my top tips on how to prevent urine infections:

  1. STAY HYDRATED: This is one of the most important tips. Drinking at least two litres a day ensures that any bacteria that is in your body is being flushed out through your urine.
  2. NEVER HOLD IN YOUR WEE: Holding in your wee means you’re holding in bacteria that shouldn’t be there. Don’t wait, urinate.
  3. EMPTY YOUR BLADDER BEFORE AND AFTER INTERCOURSE: Emptying your bladder before and after intercourse ensures that there is no bacteria that can enter the urinary tract. Urinating after is something that everyone needs to get into the habit of doing. This ensures that the bacteria that has entered during sex is flushed out afterwards.
  4. TAKE CRANBERRY SUPPLEMENTS: After speaking to my doctor and doing a bit of research, it was made apparent to me that cranberries, cranberry juice and cranberry supplements are good for prevention. After 3 months of shoving cranberry down my throat, I actually started to see results. However, this may not work for everyone. The cranberry seemed to take the edge off the sting when I urinated and I seemed to be getting them a little less.
  5. GETTING RID OF CAFFEINE: This might not work for everyone, but for some reason getting rid of caffeine helped me and I’m not really sure as to why. I would put it down to caffeine being dehydrating, so drinking a fair amount of it wouldn’t be good to anyone.
Make sure you drink plenty of water and keep hydrated to prevent urine infections.

Well, that’s all from me. I hope I can help some of you, although it is important to remember that if you experience any of these symptoms, these methods are only things that have been recommended by my GP or that have worked for me personally. It is always advised to seek medical help if you have a urine infection, so that you can be put on a course of antibiotics immediately. 


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