I remember it like it was yesterday – I was 21, in college and supposed to be having the time of my life partying and having lots of irresponsible sex. Instead, I was sitting in the ER because I had yet another urinary tract infection (UTI), and get this, was having an allergic reaction to the antibiotics I had been prescribed a day earlier.
I was in a state – my entire body was bright red and itchy, and I felt like I was going to pass out because I was having trouble breathing. Not a good look.
When the ordeal was over, I vowed that I would do whatever it took to never get another UTI again! Obviously, I was acutely aware of the problem, but I wasn’t informed enough about the actual solutions outside of the “conventional round after round of antibiotics” approach or the “drink a sh*t ton of cranberry juice” approach.
So, naturally I did some digging. As afflicted people tend to do.
And I found out A LOT!
But before I get into that, I want to talk about what UTI’s are and how they come to be.
What’s a UTI?
A UTI is basically an infection that occurs anywhere along the urinary tract, including the bladder and kidneys. Unfortunately they occur more often in women because we have a shorter urethra than men, which means it’s easier for bacteria to travel to the bladder.
In fact, they are the most common medical complaint among women during their reproductive years, and they are the second most common infection after the flu/common cold.
The main causes are:
- frequent or increased sexual intercourse
- spermicides that contain nonoxynol-9
- heavy use of antibiotics, birth control pills (this was my problem back in the day)
- harsh soaps and chemical-laden vaginal care products (they can cause skin irritation leaving you more susceptible to UTI’s)
- Menopause or amenorrhea – both of these are characterized by low levels of estrogen, which causes the vaginal walls to thin out and makes them more susceptible to bacterial infections.
For any of you reading this who have had a UTI, I know you’d do anything to avoid getting another one!
The most common treatment
Sadly, the most common treatment for UTI’s is antibiotics. They are nothing more than a short-term quick fix, and oftentimes, you’ll have another infection within six months (or sooner), because they don’t treat the actual cause of the UTI. If you’ve been taking round after round of antibiotics for your UTI’s, I suggest you stop! They are doing way more harm than good.
Finally, a solution!
The first solution I found that sounded promising was D-Mannose. Well, actually I found a product called UT Vibrance, which has D-Mannose in it.
This stuff was like the magical cure I’d been searching for all my life for my chronic UTI’s. A total game changer!
D-Mannose is considered to be the most effective supplement for preventing and treating UTI’s when they come on.