Do you have pelvic pain? Does your urine smell bad? Do you experience a burning sensation while urinating? If you answered “yes” to the preceding questions, chances are you have urinary tract infection (UTI), a common problem in women.UTI is an infection that can occur in any part of the urinary system. This includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. In many cases, the bladder and urethra are affected. These are part of the lower urinary tract.
Victims of anatomy
Many women are prone to UTIs and have it repeatedly because of anatomy. Compared to men, women have a shorter urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the body from the bladder). It is said that the female urethra is just one-and-a-half inches long, while the male urethra is eight inches in length. This makes it easier for bacteria to enter the female urinary tract and reach the bladder.
The female urethral opening is also close to the vagina and anus, both of which harbor a lot of bacteria. Since the urethra is in front of the vagina, it serves a door that bacteria near the vagina can enter during sex. This explains why UTI is more common in women who are sexually active and have new sex partners.
Pregnant women are also at risk for UTIs because of hormonal changes that happen at this time. This makes them more susceptible to UTIs. The same is true with menopausal women who are vulnerable to UTIs because of low estrogen levels in the body.
UTIs rarely cause trouble when treated promptly. However, if they are ignored, they can lead to life-threatening complications that can damage the kidneys or cause premature babies.Aside from the symptoms above, UTI can cause cloudy or bloody urine if the bladder is affected. Patients have a strong urge to urinate, and urinate frequently although only small amounts of urine are expelled. If the infection has reached the kidneys, there is upper back and side pain, high fever, chills, nausea and vomiting.
Antibiotics are usually prescribed for simple UTIs. Which drug you take and how long you take it depends on the type of bacteria that’s causing your UTI. Follow the prescribed dose to avoid recurrent infections. If not, you may develop antibiotic resistance over time.
An effective alternative is the all-natural CranUTI Cranberry Supplement. Each capsule of CranUTI contains 350 milligrams of cranberry extract. This is a rich source of proanthocyanidin antioxidant which prevents E. Coli and other UTI-causing bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract. The recommended dose is 1 to 2 capsules daily. The product is FDA-approved and is safe for children, pregnant women, and senior citizens.
CranUTI is available at Mercury Drug and other drugstores nationwide in sachet foils of 10 capsules (P120), jars of 60 capsules (P660), and a hundred capsules (P1200). For more information, call (02)524-6549, (02)354-2208 to 09, or mobile numbers 0947-4890262 and 0928-3224217. You can also visit https://www.facebook.com/CranUTI.