When I was 7 months pregnant, I had Urinary Tract Infection. I guess that's pretty common among pregnant women because a woman is at even higher risk of contracting UTI during pregnancy. According to my OB, hormones cause changes in the urinary tract which predisposes a pregnant woman to infections. Add to this the growing uterus which presses on the bladder, preventing the complete emptying of urine. Some urine may then pool in the bladder. Germs (bacteria) are likely to multiply and cause infection in a stagnant pool of urine.
Think only women can get UTI? WRONG! Men, children and babies can get them too! In fact, no one, I repeat, NO ONE is immune to UTIs, however, women are more likely to get them. It is said to be the most common extra-intestinal infectious disease entity in women worldwide with a high prevalence and frequency of recurrence. It has been estimated that up to one-third of all women will experience at least an episode of UTI during their lifetime. UTI affects one’s concentration and productivity. Daily routines like work tasks and school activities become difficult to accomplish.
That is why all women should take an active stance in fighting UTI. Reduce your risk of getting a UTI by staying hydrated! Drinking plenty of water throughout the day will help your body flush bacteria out of your urinary tract. Also, you can take CranUTI Cranberry Supplement in order to manage the pain and discomfort of urinary tract infection.
The female anatomy makes UTIs especially problematic for women. UTI occurs when bacteria enter the urinary tract through the urethra, the tube that connects the urinary bladder to the genitals and transports and discharges urine outside the body. The shorter urethra in women, compared to men, allows the bacteria to reach the bladder more easily. Female urethra is just one and a half inches long; in contrast the male urethra measures eight inches in length.
Another factor is the close proximity of the urethral opening to the vagina and anus, both of which serve as fertile environments for bacteria. Because the urethra is in front of the vagina, bacteria near the vagina can be pushed into the urethra during sexual intercourse. This is why UTI is more prevalent among sexually active women. UTI tends to occur in women when they begin having sex or engage in it more often.
TIP: Ladies, make sure to wipe from front to back! Also, don't forget the after-sex rule: Pee first, snuggle later which means you need to urinate after sexual intercourse.
Menopause also increases the risk of getting a UTI. During menopause, the level of the female hormone estrogen decreases. This decrease can cause changes in the tissues around the urethra that can lead to a UTI. Advanced age, which usually coincides with menopause, also has various debilitating effects on the pelvic area organs and tissues.
While most urinary tract infections start in the lower urinary tract made up of the urethra and bladder, it can lead to a kidney infection if left untreated. Bacteria that have infected the bladder may travel to the upper urinary tract made up of the ureters and the kidneys.
Here are the signs and symptoms of UTI:
• Pain or burning sensation while urinating
• Lower abdominal pain
• Frequent need to urinate
• Difficulty to start urination or sense of incomplete urination
• Blood or pus in the urine
• Leaking urine or incontinence
• Strong-smelling urine
• Pain during sexual intercourse
• Chills or fever (fever may be the only symptom in infants and women)
Causes of UTI:
• “Holding” the need to urinate for long periods
• Insufficient daily intake of water
• Heavy use of antibiotics
• Use of diaphragms, spermicides or other products which might irritate
• A blockage in the urinary tract (benign masses or tumors)
• A history of UTI, especially if infections were less than six months apart
• Multiple sex partners without the use of condoms
• Poor diet
• Sensitivity to birth control pills
Urinalysis is performed to initially determine if there is an infection. A urine sample is studied in the lab for presence of white and red blood cells and bacteria. If either of these is detected, the patient may have UTI. The urine sample may be grown in a culture to know which bacteria are present.
As treatment for UTI, antibiotics are usually prescribed. The problem here is that the frequent intake of antibiotics to treat UTI, as for recurring infection, can lead to side effects such as liver disease. Also, patients who repeatedly take antibiotics for their UTI eventually develop resistance to the medication as the bacteria build their resistance over time.
An effective alternative is the all-natural CranUTI Cranberry Supplement. Each capsule of CranUTI contains 350mg of cranberry extract. It is a rich source of Proanthocyanidin antioxidant which prevents E. Coli and other UTI-causing bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract. Dosage is 1 to 2 capsules daily. CranUTI is available at Mercury Drug stores and other drugstores nationwide in sachet foils of 10 capsules (P120), jars of 60 capsules (P660), and pack 10s of 100 capsules (P1200). CranUTI customer hotlines are (02) 524-6549, (02) 354-2208 to 09 and mobile numbers 0947-4890262, 0928-3224217. It is FDA-approved and is safe for children, pregnant women, and senior citizens.
One capsule of CranUTI is equivalent to approximately 300 ml of pure cranberry juice without dilution, without sugar, colorings, flavorings or preservatives. It can be taken as a daily supplement to prevent UTI and to enjoy additional health benefits. Aside from treating UTI, CranUTI helps fight cancer-causing carcinogens, promotes healthy cholesterol levels, and combats dental plaque build-up. It contains powerful antioxidants that combat cell damage and aging and is rich in vitamin C and calcium for improved overall well-being. For additional information, visit https://www.facebook.com/CranUTI.
If UTI is detected early and immediately acted on, the treatment should be generally easy. Just because it is a common infection among the female population does not mean a woman has to fall victim to UTI numerous times.
That is why all women should fight and eventually win the battle against a common enemy. Let's kiss the pain and discomfort of UTI goodbye with CranUTI Cranberry Supplement.