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i get uti once a month for the past year. I have taken every possible medication for it and then my uti would just come back after a month. I am sexually active. I am upset that i get it so many times because it hurts a lot. i go see the doctor and he tells me the same thing over and over again. please help me anyone
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replied June 21st, 2009
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hello repeated urinary infections are bad for the kidneys..

have you had a second opinion from anyone else because if not i would seek one..
what have they already tested you for ? or is it the just pills you have been given repeatedly?

not being rude but have you been checked for anything sexually transmitted ? as you are sexually active? if clear it could also be bladder or kidney stone problem..

not a lot of information as regards what examinations have been given or medications taken.
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replied October 25th, 2009
I have been UTI free for more than a year now and would like to share my story to all of you.

I had frequent bladder infections and in the last years; antibiotics would "cure" them but not prevented them.
I could not stand keeping taking antibiotics because first of all they should be a LAST resort and because of all the harmful side effects.
So I decided to look at alternate ways of healing them. My quest was long and sometimes I thought I would end up being operated like my specialist mentioned…
I took cranberry pills every day for 2 years, sometimes it seemed it helps and I think it prevented me from having a lot f UTI but I still ended having bladder infection and REALLY painful ones. I also tried D Namose which did not work for me during two months and I ended up having a kidney infection and was forced to take weeks of antibiotics...

Finally after a lot of research and talking to a specialist at a natural pharmarcy, I did the following:

1/ * Changed my soap (was Dove) to a ALL natural “soap”called Dr bronner's magic soap - hemp pure - made with organic oils and UNSCENTED. All cosmetic soaps and even genecology soaps have harmful chemicals that should never be used as I believe they destroy the good bacteria that act as a barrier the bad bacteria E coli that cause UTI. I am not a doctor but I am convinced that all those chemicals we used on a daily basis without even knowing about it should be banned. I giving the brand as a reference but there are lots of naturals sopas now, find the one that suit you but make sure that you read the labels…

2/ * I take every morning acidophilus – A PROBIOTIC COMPLEX (I take 3 capsules of a 5 billion active cells3) that I keep in my fridge - can be found in any shoppers /London drugs

3/ * I wash myself before AND after having sex (please note that alone never prevented me from having UTI)

4/ * I empty my bladder before and after sexual intercourse and drink plenty of water with acidophilus supplements.

4/ * I drink a lot of water every day - at least 2 litres a day (but that should be for any human beings that want to be healthy!!)

THAT'S IT!
So do me a favour, once you have treated your UTI with antibiotics, just start doing the things I mentioned above at the same time as taking the antibiotics (be careful to have a gap of at least 4 hours between taking the antibiotics and acidophilus as diary counteract the effect of SOME antibiotics).
Keep doing that as long as it takes. I have been doing it for a year and I will do so until I feel that my body is strong enough again to flight e coli without any supplement.

I hope this will help many of you.

Best of luck for all of you!
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replied January 23rd, 2014
One more thing...You wash before and after, but what about your boyfriend? He may be the original source of the e coli. One day it dawned on me to make my boyfriend wash thoroughly before sex and guess what...NO UTI
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replied October 26th, 2009
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I think those are really great tips, especially the using only natural, gentle soaps, without perfumes in that area. That's also so important for preventing yeast infections, as well. Avoid douches and powders, as well. Those can irritate the urethra.

I also want to mention cranberry juice. It won't cure a UTI or bladder infection, but there is actual clinical evidence that shows it can prevent them. Drink at least a glass a day. (If you are taking Warfarin, a blood thinning medication, don't drink cranberry juice, however.)

Wiping front-to-back when you use the bathroom is also very important to keep bacteria out of the urethra. The urinating after intercourse is very important for this reason, as well. It flushes out any bacteria that may have been pushed into the urethra during sex.

If nothing you do prevents the UTI, you should consider that there may be some other cause. See a specialist, like a urologist to check for any other possible problems. Good luck.
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replied January 23rd, 2014
Make your boyfriend wash his genitals before sex...nobody ever thinks of that!!! Men's genitals have bacteria! Women think it all their own problem...when men are probably the source!!
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replied October 27th, 2009
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garlic! i read that 13 bulbs of garlic is the same as penicillin of 400,000 to 1,000,000 units.
garlic is an antiviral antibacterial herb. it help me with a lot of issues i have.
i m into the herbs, vitamin and mineral, and fish oils. i order from puritan's pride and they always have a buy one get one free sale. can be ordered on line.
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replied October 27th, 2009
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13 bulbs! You'd get complaints from the neighbors eating that much garlic, not to mention the people you live with. You may not even be able to stand yourself! LOL Smile

Do you take the garlic pills? How many bulbs is one equivalent to? Does it say on the bottle?

Just make sure if you are taking garlic pills or are eating an exceptional amount of garlic (or are taking any other supplement), consult with your doctor about any possible interactions with other medications you are taking or medical conditions. Just because it's a natural herb doesn't mean it can't have side-effects, too. For example, it can thin the blood, so if you are taking a blood thinner (like Warfarin or even aspirin), your blood can be thinned too much and it can cause internal bleeding. Other than that, it might be a good thing to look into and ask your doctor about.
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replied October 27th, 2009
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lol i ate garlic raw and it burns when you chew it! i will never do that again.
i just read a lot of books about herbs and homeopathic remedies.
all my garlic pill bottle say is allium sativum dried weight equivalent of 500 mg of fresh garlic bulb from 5 mg consenate.
i have 100 pills/ 500 mgs.
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replied June 18th, 2010
I have had problems with UTI's for 3 yrs and I'm only 18. It's nothing for me to have 2 to 3 in one month and the doctors will not change the medicine's they prescribe. I've had every type of medicine to cure the infection and prevention and nothing works. So I've been going in for testing and they have found a kidney stone in my left kidney and that the kidney is smaller then the right. As the result it's putting strain on them and then a infection occurs. So you might want to go to a urologist you trust that will help you to find the cause. It's better to find any problems early. Good luck.
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replied February 26th, 2011
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I suffered from UTI everytime i had sex. Antibiotics was the only way to sure, There was nothing to prevent it. Cranberry juice, lots of water etc...nothing worked. I found this thread near the end of 2009. I changed my soap to br bronners soap available from trader joes. Empty ur bladder completely after sex(there will always be that last tiny drop:) Get rid of that.). Drink 4 glasses of water after sex. quick shower with dr bronners soap. Empty the bladder to the last drop 2 times in next one hour. UTI free from that day. Thanks a ton to dr bronners soap. Hope this helps someone else.
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replied October 11th, 2011
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To follow up on this, the important thing is not drinking water just after sex ...i make sure i drink water well through out the day....empty your bladder once every three hours during day time everyday(not just on the days u will have sex). I am 110 pounds....i drink atleast 50 ounces of water a day.(Recommended is half your weight and drink that many ounces) As others have suggested, dont use the soap near privates....i have just switched my soap to dr bronner... recently i have been trying to skip taking shower after sex... still no uti's.... so drinking water and emptying bladder is the most important part to be uti free.....
When I was getting UTi's frequently, i remeber i emptied bladded once a day and drank water only when i was thirsty(really rarely)...
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replied January 23rd, 2014
This is great advice...Do this also...ask your boyfriend to wash his genitals before sex cause that is probably where the e coli is coming from!
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replied February 26th, 2011
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Do not use any type of soap near your vaginal area...The first thing to remember is to empty your bladder both before and after sex....Stay away from douching or soaps...Take care...

Caroline
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replied May 20th, 2011
Check into interstitial cystitis
Hey, all! I suffered from what I thought was UTIs for months and months. It was very upsetting after so many doctors' visits and still no relief. FINALLY I found a urologist that LISTENED. She diagnosed me with interstitial cystitis. It turns out I wasn't getting UTIs but the symptoms are the same. She gave me a set of prescriptions to rebuild the lining of my bladder (its supposed to rebuild every day on its own) and now I am pain AND pill free! Go to a urologist and ask them about interstitial cystitis - you could be mistaking UTIs for this! I hope this helps some of you.
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replied May 20th, 2011
Check into interstitial cystitis
Hey, all! I suffered from what I thought was UTIs for months and months. It was very upsetting after so many doctors' visits and still no relief. FINALLY I found a urologist that LISTENED. She diagnosed me with interstitial cystitis. It turns out I wasn't getting UTIs but the symptoms are the same. She gave me a set of prescriptions to rebuild the lining of my bladder (its supposed to rebuild every day on its own) and now I am pain AND pill free! Go to a urologist and ask them about interstitial cystitis - you could be mistaking UTIs for this! I hope this helps some of you.
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replied May 19th, 2012
possible solution for frequent UTIs - at least it worked for me
Hi Everyone,

I used to be in the same boat as all of you - I tried everything (cranberry pills, antibiotics, urologists, washing, peeing before, after etc...) After going to plenty of doctors (urologists, obgyns etc.) and not having any solutions - I thought I would go based on my gut - I always felt like I wasn't 'wet' enough during sex and so we started using KY Jelly. It has truly been a miracle for us.. I have not had a UTI since starting this over a year ago. (I did get a bladder 'irritation' twice due to not using a lubricant/an insufficient amount. (NOTE: For a period of time I thought I was getting UTInfections when in fact some of them were only 'irritations'...which would not have needed antibiotics and could have been cured by drinking plenty of water .. avoiding sugar...and with the help of AZO. )

A few other things I have noticed... if I have sex right after my period ends it is more likely to get irritated. Also if I have sex several times in a day I am more likely to get 'bladder irritation'. When that happens - I will take an antibiotic for a day/two. But otherwise, I pretty much have not taken any antibiotics for a year, no cranberrry pills, I tend to keep myself clean anyway (but not additional washing than the average person). I do try to make sure I drink enough water during the day and pee when I need to/try not to hold it for too long..

Anyway, I really really hope this helps someone - since I know how frustrating it can get.. I too used to visit these discussion boards looking for answers.. and now I've found one thats worked for me.

One more note... although we have not been successful in no longer needing to use KY Jelly. For anyone who is thinking of conceiving - you should use pre-seed (or something similar) in its place.
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replied January 23rd, 2014
The K-Y jelly also probably makes it harder for the bacteria to enter the urethra...It can't get through the lube...Good advice!
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replied May 12th, 2014
staph saprophyticus UTI's versus e-coli UTI's
Personally I avoid most UTI's by taking a bath after sex. After getting them, cranberry pills without Vitamin C usually took care of the issue when it was e-coli based. However, I suddenly started getting UTIs from staph saprophyticus. These UTI's are completely different!!! Cranberry pills only wealy help these infections slow down. Drinking baking soda water was a tad more effective, but kinda weak as well. But the only things that really helped my staph saprophyticus infections naturally were (1) hot tubs (2) eating lots of raw garlic (3) turmeric supplements. It's as if e-coli can be washed out with lots of water while staph saprophiticus must be killed. After all, staph recolonizes the skin after every bath you take. I think it's important to learn how to treat both infections without resorting to antibiotics. After all, a urine colonization test takes a full week to really diagnose which bacteria infection you have.
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