Alicea Wu, MD

Steamy Nights, Painful Mornings? The Facts About UTIs


What is a UTI?

Urinary tract infection (UTI) is the general term for an infection occurring anywhere in the urinary system. Most UTIs involve the bladder and the urethra (the tube that drains the bladder), but some can also involve the ureters (the tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder), and even the kidneys themselves.

What causes urinary tract infections, and how common are they?

Urinary tract infections are virtually always caused when bacteria that are normally present on the skin or in GI tract make their way into the urinary system. UTIs are very common among women; about 50-60% of adult women have had at least one UTI. The numbers are significantly lower for adult men.

Why do women get UTIs more often than men?

This frustrating fact has a simple anatomical explanation. In women, as compared to men, the bacteria that normally live in the pelvic region don’t have as far to travel in order to infect the bladder. Women have a much shorter urethra, and the urethra itself is much closer to the rectal opening — which is the most common source of bacteria in UTIs. This also explains why women often wake up with UTIs after intercourse. All that motion tends to push bacteria from the skin toward — and into — the urethra.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of a urinary tract infection include:

  • Pain or a burning when you urinate
  • The urge to urinate more frequently, though you may produce very little urine each time
  • Foul-smelling, cloudy, or bloody urine
  • Pain in your lower abdomen, just above your bladder

When these symptoms are accompanied by fever, nausea or back pain, the UTI may have progressed to a kidney infection (also known as pyelonephritis).

What should I do if I think I have a urinary tract infection?

If it’s your first UTI, please make an appointment with your primary care physician to determine the best treatment. If you’ve been treated for UTIs in the past and you’re a One Medical Group patient, you should call the office and ask to speak to someone who can help you determine your next steps. Depending on your individual case, we may be able to prescribe an antibiotic for you without requiring an office visit. You can also accomplish this by using the One Medical Group iPhone app.

What sort of tests will I need if I come in?

Most urinary tract infections can be confirmed with a quick office-based urine test, but we may also send the urine specimen to a lab to identify the bacteria and to help select the best antibiotic to eradicate the infection. Occasionally sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia or gonorrhea can cause symptoms similar to a UTI, so we sometimes test for those infections as well.

How do you treat a UTI?

Almost all urinary tract infections can be treated very effectively with oral antibiotics. We’ll choose an antibiotic based on the type of bacteria you have (or are most likely to have). We’ll also consider factors like pregnancy, allergic reactions, other medications, and if certain antibiotics failed to work for you in the past. Be sure to tell your provider if you think any of these factors might be relevant!

Usually a three- or five-day course of antibiotics is sufficient, but if your kidneys are involved, we will give you at least a ten-day course. Severe cases might require intravenous antibiotics; this is very rare.

What about Pyridium?

Pyridium is an optional medication that we can prescribe to relieve bladder pain, but it won’t shorten the duration of the infection. Only antibiotics will ultimately clear the infection and the pain associated with it.

I seem to get frequent UTIs. What can I do to prevent them?

  • Stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water. This will increase the volume of your urine, which in turn helps flush bacteria away from your bladder and urethra.
  • Be sure to take frequent bathroom breaks–even if you are having a busy day. Holding in your urine gives bacteria a chance to make themselves at home in your body.
  • Urinate before and after having intercourse to help flush bacteria away from your urethra.
  • Wipe from front to back after bowel movements.
  • Diaphragms and spermicide can contribute to the development of UTIs in women. If you are using either of these birth control methods, you might want to discuss other options with your provider.

If these suggestions don’t work, or if you get UTIs more than three times a year, be sure to discuss your situation with your health care provider.

Would cranberry juice or tablets help my UTI?

Some studies have indicated that drinking cranberry juice or taking cranberry tablets daily can help prevent UTIs, but will not treat the UTI once you have it. If you enjoy drinking cranberry juice and you feel that it helps you, there’s no harm in trying it (unless you are on a blood-thinning medication, in which case cranberry juice should be avoided).

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  1. P! says:

    Use D-mannose Tablets! I used to get bladder infections all the time until I started taking them. Works much better than cranberry juice.

    • Annette says:

      what are D-mannose tablets?? where can I get them, at a health food store?? I’ve gotten so many UTI’s its becoming so annoying. In advance, I thank you~

      • D-mannose is a sugar common in a lot of fruits–particularly cranberries–and may be a major reason cranberries are effective in preventing some UTIs (although only those caused by E. coli). D-mannose hasn’t been rigorously studied, but it’s safe (it’s just a sugar) and might be helpful. It’s sometimes prescribed for preventing UTIs, but there isn’t evidence of its efficacy for treating UTIs—although some naturopathic physicians recommend it along with antibiotics as a course of treatment.

        Malcolm Thaler, MD
        One Medical Group

        • Gail says:

          For the past 8 years I’ve been to a total of 12 Doctors. Gynos, Endos, MD’s, Urologists. I drink water all the time . I keep thinking someone would be able to help me. I have my urine checked once a month. Every time my urine is checked it is positive. I’m prescribed an antibiotic, it goes away and the next month I have it again. I’ve tried all kinds of different medications. This has been going on for the past 8 to 10 years. I’m so tired of this. The only symptom I get is peeing a lot. I have no burning or discomfort. I go to my GP just to have that checked as my Urologist doesn’t see to know why either. I’ve tried cranberry juice and developed a rash on my chest above my breast. I then went to cranberry supplements 23,200 IU, for 4 weeks after my last doctors appointment. I now have infection again. Please help me. I don’t know what to do and neither do any of my doctors. Everyone of the doctors can’t give me an answer. I’m getting so depressed, I’m beside myself. I’m 71 years old, not sexually active, NOT BY CHOICE, I talked to my doctor, a GP, today and h doesn’t know what to do either. Is there an antibiotic I can take for 4 months to see if that would work? PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE HELP ME!

  2. Lea says:

    Use Pipsissewa! There are so many good herbal tinctures out there for uti’s. Antibiotics are NOT the only option. I have found herbs to be really helpful, especially those containing pipsissewa. (spelling?)

  3. Michele says:

    I keep getting frequent UTI’s at least more then 7 a year. I drink water, take cranberry pills, (juice) and am very clean (down there) What else could be the reason why I am getting these so much? It’s becoming very annoying and painful.. What else could be the problem PLEASE help me I feel like I can not get a right answer from any doctors they all say “Oh well some women are more prone to getting them” Really? Doesn’t help. ???????

    • rosie says:

      I myself get them often, I wonder if these so called Dr.’s know what they are talking about because I still don’t know why I get them. I sometimes think that what I have to go through every month and yes I drink plenty of water and cranberry juice and I’m clean with myself, so what’s the problem with me? I wish someone could help us figure out what are problem !!!!! PLEASE HELP US !!!!!!!!!

    • Elena says:

      I think some people really are more prone, perhaps because the structures of everyone’s nether regions are different. Maybe the opening to the urethra is less protected and more prone to getting infected or perhaps the shape of your … regions are just more susceptible to capturing natural bacteria.

      My theory on how to keep it fresh is to make sure I have a lot of cotton underwear, using non-scented feminine products, and keeping a little hair down there to catch any particulates that could spread bacteria….

      Using natural cotton feminine products can work for some people. The amount of additives like plasticizers and bleach that are used on normal products can irritate the sensitive lady parts, making those parts easier to infect. Getting something nice, sanitary, and soft can really go a long way.

    • tina says:

      Could be that you are over clean down there. I know that sounds crazy but you could be washing away to much bacteria. Our bodies need some bacteria to fight other bacteria. I used to get them several times a year. Every doctor would say the same thing to me “your just prone to them”. Not true. I finally met this doctor who talked to me about cleaning myself. Appently I was over cleaning. The vagina cleans itself. The worst thing we can do is use a douche which is loaded with chemicals. Douching is very harmful but if you feel the need just use viniger and water. If you are one who showers everyday or more then once a day shower less or just not cleaning your kitten so often let the soaps and shampoos that run down your body clean you. Now I am in no way a doctor. I just learned from experience. Also if you feel your doctor is not helping you then maybe it’s time to find another doctor.

    • Taylor says:

      I am the same way I don’t know what to do

      • T. Fox says:

        I read that we have more bacteria in our gut and should take a probiotic every day. They are not that expensive. I think it’s worth a try anyway. I’ve tried the yogurt, but they always seem to have too much sugar.

    • Marion Dellar says:

      I have suffered from freguent UTI’S for over 10yrs , I have been to a urologist twice and a pelvic pain center and had test after test including a scan . They found nothing wrong , no kidney stones, or cancer , bladder fine but still I suffer the urologist has put me on a low dose antibiotic I am to take one every night for the next 4 months, then I return to the doctors office . Thought you might want to know that I also suffered before menopause and during menopause , my menopause is still on going , I am so frustrated by all of this .

      • Alta says:

        I was told by my urologist that if a woman is pre menopausal and post menopausal, frequent UTI’s are common. She explained that hormones play a huge part in keeping things balanced. Women produce very little hormone during and almost none after menopause unless they still have their ovaries, but, even then, the production is small.

  4. maira says:

    I need help ??????? Please someone i hate getting UTI is happens to me so often. Help!!!

    • Hi Maira,

      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately we cannot provide specific medical advice online. We suggest talking to your primary care provider to look into this further for you.

  5. Marisa says:

    my advice is to pee immediately after sex. even after you finish having sex and don’t feel like peeing, just push your bladder and not forcefully but try to pee. also I take an additional step by washing my vagina with warm water thoroughly in the bath. it’s annoying but worth not going through that excruciating pain of having a uti

  6. Ann EWing says:

    I have had 4 UTI’s this year and have been on 3 different medicines.
    This last one lab report) came back that there was no bacteria
    present. How can you have pain & blood and not have an
    infection. Two years ago this coming Sept. I had a complete
    Hysteromecty and I had no trouble until the last 8 months,
    but now it is happening too close together.

    • Hi Ann,

      There are other causes of urinary pain beside urinary tract infection. One very common cause is an irritable bladder and this can be treated and controlled. You should talk over the options with your primary care provider and consider seeing a urologist for further evaluation.

      Malcolm Thaler, M.D.
      Clinical Editor
      One Medical Group

    • reba says:

      they say that the men can be the carrier and not have it ,I don’t know but I do have a lot of uti about 2 times a month it does get on your nerves.if anyone has a suggestion please let me know

  7. Katie says:


    From December 2010 to Novemeber 2011 i had urine infections literally every 3weeks. During this time my doctors sent me for a CT scan(due to a kidney infection that was quite nasty), urine flow tests, an ultrasound of my kidneys, bladder and all around that area and i had to do that with a full bladder and then after emptying the bladder. They found nothing and i was prescribed a 6month dose of antibiotics to take once a day. All was fine until April 2013 so almost 18months and they have now returned, seems to be more 4-5 weeks apart though.

    I went back to my doctor in April when i got the first one and literally broke down! I have just started a new job and cant afford to have time off which means i really cant cope with having these infections again. The only thing they would do was give me another 10days of antibiotics and see how it goes! When i had another in May they did the same and then gave me another 3 months of the once a day course. I have woken up this morning with yet another, my doctors are closed and the hospitals just fob uou off with 3days worth of weak antibiotics in the UK.

    I really don’t know what to do anymore i have to go into work after not sleeping as i have been up weeing all night and still in agony when i have one and thats just going to make it all worse in the long run i know but i really cant take as many days off with just starting a new job!

    Please help… Are there anymore tests that they could run or anything at all? I haven’t been sexually active for the last two months yet still get them!

    Thanks in advance

    • Rita says:

      Dear Katie
      I can’t tell you what is causing the UTI but I can tell you what to take for the burning and pain until you can get to see the doctor. I use an over the counter medicine called AZO for urinary pain and it works.

      If you take this you would even be able to work because it takes the pain away but it also causes your urine to turn an orange looking color which is no problem with that.

      I know this to be true because I have recurring UTI. I saw a commercial about this medication and thought it wouldn’t hurt to try them and I was so happy I did because it helps.

    • L says:

      Katie I feel your pain :(

      I have also been struggling with this for the last 2 or 3 years. Sex or not, I would get them all the time. And yes, i drank plenty of water, peed after sex, and did everything I should do.. but still ended up taking antibiotics.

      A friend of mine recommended D-Mannose, which someone already mentioned in this thread. I started taking 1 table a day and have been clear from Uti’s ever since. 100% natural, and with no side effects, it has been a life safer!!! And I wish every women suffering from this knew about it. If I feel like an infection is lingering I will double up my dosage, and can usually avoid a full blown infection. You can buy them at your local natural food store, or online. You should definitely try it. I’m telling you it is a miracle!
      Good luck

  8. mari says:

    I feel so bad for these ladies, cause I know exactly what they feel. It is very frustrating. I have no answers either. I have mine every 3 or 4 months. To answer Katie. I have used a heating pad between my legs and up towards my lower abdomen at night, and that has really helped with pain. I hope it helps you too!

  9. Mckenna says:

    I have never heard of a UTI since about the end of 2012; but then i found out what it was because i had one. The pain felt really bad and all that really came out was blood and 2% pee. It was the WORST pain in the world! But that same night i went to the ER and they gave me some antibiotics and it ended up going away. But since the beginning of 2013 i have had atleast 4 or 5 more UTI’s. I dont know what to do because when i go and have a check up, they tell me im fine and nothings wrong. I have done all that you could possibly think; drink a lot of water, keep myself clean down there, and drink juice. And since i’ve been having so many UTI’s i cant control when the pee actually comes out. Im just clueless and in pain. i just need some answers of what to do?

    • Hi Mckenna,

      Check out some of our tips above on how to prevent UTIs in the future. If you’re still continuing to get reoccurring infections, we’d suggest chatting with your urologist.

    • te says:

      do you by chance use fabric softner sheets in the dryer? I was told by a friend that her doctor told her to stop using them because they can cause urinary tract infections. just a thought.

      • Hi there,

        Good question–fabric softeners can leave residues on your clothes which can cause irritation and may lead to a UTI, but it’s not common. If you think this is causing a UTI, you can stop using fabric softener and see if this helps prevent further infections.

        Malcolm Thaler, M.D.
        Clinical Editor
        One Medical Group

  10. Diana says:

    I’ve had atheist 5 UTI’s within the past year! I’m having a problem with my insurance so I can’t go get checked out! The pain is unbelievable! Does anyone have any home remedies on how to cure one!? I’ve used an over the counter med called uzo but it only helps (Temporarily) with the pain!
    I do daycare from home and running to the bathroom every 15-20 is not easy when I have a bunch of 2-3 year old running around! Any ideas??

  11. janine says:

    Hi all

    It makes me feel better knowing I’m not the only person who is fraught with worry over recurring utis. since around august last year I’ve had so many that I’ve lost count of the amount of utis that I’ve had. Its been roughly every 3 weeks or so. I’m getting fed up with darting off to the bathroom all the time and sometimes I’m not even getting there as I’m also disabled. I do everything by the book to try and prevent these things but they just keep returning. Is it possible that its not even going in the first place?

    • Katie says:

      Thats what my doctor eventually realised with me, i was then put on a 6month course of profalactic (not sure on spelling) antibiotics, slightly weaker strength and only one a day but i have now had 3 courses of these between 3-6months worth in the last 2 years!

  12. Amber G. says:

    Id like to know if anyone else gets uti’s weekly?
    I have had problems with uti’s since just right before I turned 18 and at this point(I am 19 now) I am now getting them on a weekly basis and the pain along with the rushing to the bathroom with the fear of not making it everytime has become to much for me to deal with. I have tried cranberry jucie and water and i also take AZO pills from time time to help with the pain but they are just so expensive i cant affored to buy them evvery week. Please help.

    • elisa c says:

      Sorry see my post for august 21 2013 i meant to reply but just made a new comment …also theres a pill like azo called cystex its great for the pain and it has something that helps kill bacteria I usually take both azo and cyctex and drink a whole gallon if cranberry juice and lots of water

  13. Elisa C says:

    I get them often…Honestly I just think us women with this problem just a have sensitive urethra…a friend of mine once suggested maybe the hole was bligger because when i pee its sounds like the flow is heavy…I know that I cant take too many baths especially with fragrance or bubbles…i Must flush myself out immedately after sex… when having sex i must be very ready…if im even a little dry and my husband rubs against my urethra …oh im gonna get a UTI…also im getting one now…I figure its for two reasons…one i havent been drinking much but coffee and coke…we gave the kids on only water and milk as punishment (lol) but im lazy and dont feel like waiting for my filter to fill a glass…so i just dont drink nything!! This is bad, bad and I was just telling myself i feel dehydrated!! Oh well too late…alo my second reason is that im on the depo shot and i get wierd periods that last weeks…even though i am very cean it is just too much and so i get a Uti…
    So the moral is if you have this issue you have to learn your body and well so you dont trigger UTI …we are going to get them here and there but do your best to keep them away!!

  14. Leslie says:

    I thought that what I had was a UTI, I went to the pharmacy and the woman working at the counter gave me herbal supplements with Giant Fennel, I was to take 5 a day for 4 days. On the last day, I was late on taking half the dosage and my “UTI” symptoms increased.

    I went to the gynecologist the next day, and my urine sample was tested negative for a UTI, but then she did a brief examination and the “UTI” I thought I had turned out to be a bladder infection and a Yeast infection!

    I was prescribed Monuril (Monurol in the US) to be mixed with water and Inimur myko (only available in Germany) to be inserted into the vagina every night before bed.

    I can suggest that if you are feeling discomfort, the following at home remedies worked very well for me:

    - Lots of green tea
    - Cranberry Juice

    - Turmeric did not help one bit, neither did apple cider vinegar…

    I haven’t had a UTI or Yeast infection in about a year…I have a feeling it could have come from:

    a) not changing my wet swimsuit bottoms after taking a dip in the lake
    b) not being lubricated enough while having intercourse (I tear easily)
    c) DEFINITELY not urinating after intercourse! Ladies, inform your man that it is absolutely necessary to urinate! It’s easy to knock out in bed after playtime in the sheets – but spare yourself the pain that comes after!

    I hope this helps!

  15. Rosa Larios says:

    Hello I get UTI’s almost every 3 months and I hate them they are so annoying and painful! I don’t really know why i get them it’s not normal. I think that it’s not normal because I’m not even sexually active. So I don’t understand why I get them so frequently but taking AZZO does help a lot because it kills the pain and the infection.

  16. Lorena says:

    I used to get a lot of UTIs as well. Looked up everywhere what could work and I found that drinking baking soda with water and a little cranberry juice helps. Also take an Advil for the pain. Drink plenty of water. I also would take cranberry pills which also seemed to work. Hope this helps someone!

  17. Alana says:

    I think I have a UTI right now, this will be the third one I’ve had in 2 years. I started getting them when I became sexually active 2 years ago. I heard that drinking water frequently really does help to cure the pain associated with it if not kill most of the bacteria because it flushes out your system. I always happen to get a UTI after I’ve had intercourse is what I’ve observed, it could be another reason but I’m not sure. I always try to take showers before and after intercourse but I still have gotten them. My tests also have came back negative for UTI’s and Chlamydia and Gonorrhea as well. Reading all of these comments did give me a lot of insight and I’m glad to know I’m not the only one that is experiencing this, I was beginning to think there was something seriously wrong with me.

  18. Laurie says:

    my gyno told me that my body produces too much bacteria and that’s why I get too many UTI’s. I have another one, so I guess it’s time for another visit and more antibiotics.grrrr

  19. leanne says:

    Im another with uti every 2.3 week anoying is an understatemant as I have two babies under 2 n am young myself with my own house and engaged so nt having the time to go to the doctor is horrible teyimg everythimg from paracetamol and water as a quick grab at 4 in the morning to every remedy nown to man there must be something we can take as a life time thing to prevent it :( so miserable right now..

  20. Karin says:

    Wow…i didn’t realize this was such a common problem. I have heard that taking frequent baths can be a problem. If your bath tub isn’t spic and span clean it has bacteria that can enter while bathing. Also TP alone will leave some residue so using wet wipes of some kind to clean the area after using the bathroom will ensure area is clean and residue free. Drink water water water and when you feel like you are drowning because you have drank so much, drink more water.

  21. Reyes says:

    I keep getting UTI’s. Everytime I go to my GYN or my GP. I just recently had my blood drawn and urine for my yearly levels and there was white “floaties” in my urine. I have no smell or pain. I empty my bladder often and well. After sex we use hypoallergenic baby wipes to clean. Sometimes I shower. I even sleep without undies to let it breathe. I hate taking antibiotics because they give me yeast infections. And they make my B/C invalid. I feel gross. I hate being told there is something wrong with me. I do not want to take RX’s for anything. Is there any natural or homeopathic resources for us? Please advise.

  22. Sandy says:

    I’m glad to see I’m not the only one going through this. I first got a UTI when I was around 13 or 14 and the pain was so intense! I was not sexually active at the time, but I drank a lot of soda and not much water. The second UTI I got was after the first time I had sex. Talk about freaking out! I thought I had a sexually transmitted disease and was going to die. Thankfully, I was told of the magic trick to avoid this, pee after sex and drink lots of water! Unfortunately, I got another UTI after my second time of having sex. Sex wasn’t a whole lot of fun at that point, especially because I was worried about the pain afterwards. I got one more after a year or so, and I just had two within the past two weeks. I’ve gotten antibiotics which definitely helps. I went to a clinic and not my primary doctor, but was told to do so if I got another one. They might be able to provide some type of preventative pills to take. At this point, I’m willing to take anything to avoid a UTI. They hurt so much!

    • jewel.bailey says:

      Hi sandy I am 14 yrs old now n I actually did have sex but after I had sex I started to have bladder problems at first I thought I was pregant till I saw this in thought maybe I have something else so I search for hours til I found this & I wanna know more about uti cuz I think I might have it … I have a kik & a cell fone but I rather talk on kik so if can help me get more info reply back

  23. Taylor says:

    I am so glad I’m not the only one with this problem. I started getting Uti’s when I was 4! Yes, I’ve been living with them since then. Now that I’m older, they have progressed more. I definitely have had more than 40 in 19 years. I take 2 cranberry pills everyday and only drink water and cranberry juice during the week (which has helped a lot actually) always always always pee and wash your area in the shower after intercourse, that prevents them too! I’m still living with Uti’s and I hate it. I am so scared that my kidneys have been damaged bc of the antibiotics I have had to take through my life because of this. I went to the urologist when I was little but that was before I have had a ton. I will be making a new appointment soon and hopefully they can help me out and stop this from ruining my life and body! Thank you ladies for your help and I hope I was some help as well.

  24. Liz says:

    Hi everyone. Im kinda relieved im not the only girl who get s them frequently. I just started getting them every month and it sucks cause i dont have a lot of money for doctor appointments an even when i go in they tell me the same things! Drink water, pee after sex, all that junk and i follow those rules but yet still get utis all the time! It it so painful and annoying! But it only started when i became sexually active with my current boyfriend andd hasnt happened with any other guys ive been with! Is there some with him thats making me get them more? Also i have very sensitive skin so i wonder if using certain body washes can create problems? Please! Will someone tell me what to do to prevent them BESIDES the crap i already hear from my doctor! Cause it isnt working.

  25. Melissa says:

    I need help a.s.a.p
    I’m ALWAYS getting uti’s and sometimes afterwards yeast infections. My uti’s usually come around right before my period. Let me keep you in mind,I clean with antibacterial soap twice a day. I went to a doctor and got antibiotics For the uti I got right before my period a month ago. Probably two weeks ago I got yeast right after. I got pills for that too and even used 3 day monostate I still have burning but not too, too bad. I’ve never heard for such a long period of time.i thought maybe it was because of sex but i stopped having it as soon as i found out that i had a uti.yet its still going on..I’m also on birth control. Can that cause it?

    • Thanks for your comment Melissa. We’re not sure if oral contraceptives and UTIs are related, there simply aren’t enough good studies to draw a connection between the two. Note that UTIs aren’t considered a sexually transmitted infection; it’s simply a result of bacteria from the skin being introduced into the urethra—which could be caused during intercourse.

      Malcolm Thaler, MD
      Clinical Editor
      One Medical Group

  26. Lisa says:

    I found out my UTIs were caused by disposable sanitary pads, tampons, and liners. I guess I’m sensitive or allergic to their chemicals or material. Instead of taking a chance trying different brands, I made cloth ones (after Googling how) and they are very comfy – but I had to get used to using them in my busy life. I don’t care, I’ll do anything to not have UTIs anymore.

  27. Tammi Cruz says:

    This morning I was awoken with the worst burning feeling in a long time and needed relief right away. It was 3am so the doctor’s office wasn’t open. I dug through my sister’s medicine cabinet (I was staying at her house thank god) and found Lady Soma Cranberry Tablets. I highly recommend this product in everybody’s medicine cabinet. The product worked within 20 minutes and I was able to go back to sleep!

  28. Brandy says:

    I hate to say this but I am soo glad I am not the only one!! I get them one right after the other but my most recent culture from last week said no bacteria growth evn though I had intense abdominal pain and pressure as well as the burning!! I went to the after hours walk in clinic and was given the Rx macrobid and took the 10 day dose, and now 2 days after finishing the Rx I am burning again!! Is it still a UTI if there is no bacteria in the culture? I myself am going broke thanks to out of pocket insurance and can’t take off work every time to test my pee. I was told a UTI will not go away without antibiotics but I didn’t have bacteria this time??? This problem of mine has been going on for 3 years now and I have been single for 2 of them. Tested for everything under the sun, MRI, cystoscope, etc. I googled and it seems the only thing left is called Interstitial Cystitis which I now have to find another urologist and pay some more…., this is ridiculous :-(

  29. singin says:

    Had tummy tuck surgery and in the last three months had three utis only to find out the bacteria is resistent to e coli now on macrobid for ten days I have bern on 16 billion probiotics a day, uti rose hx three times a day, flora three pills a night, fish oils, flaxseed powder, multi vitamins and I have been feeling better with the exception of peeing a lot but then again I drink a gallon of water I don’t know if this will work for others but thought it might be helpful antibiotics kill good bacteria as well

    • Rosie says:

      Singin, as with you and all women who’ve posted here. I too have UTIs, now have a cyst on my kidney. Keep being put on Cipro, Macrobid (severe allergic reaction), Doxycyline, and back on Cipro. My question to you, since your posting of 11/30/13, have you been continuously on your regimen, and have you been free or lower frequency of UTIs?

  30. Mary Dr says:

    I have been purchasing these Lady Soma Cranberry Pills for my mother for the past year. They were recommended to her by a urologist because she was suffering from frequent UTIs. She purchased online and she has not had ONE UTI SINCE SHE STARTED TAKING THEM!!

  31. angel says:

    Uti…oh dreadful painful inconvenient uti…plz leave me alone…I give u cranberry juice and lots of water…I pee after sex to keep u at bay but still u won’t stay away…I go to the doc and I pee in that cup and its clear to c ur back again…again again y y y must u cause me such pain y oh y won’t u stay away…I kill u with antibiotics still u come back…my husband doesn’t understand especially when I no longer want sex cuz I know u will come back…somebody oh anybody tell me how to stop the damn uti’s from destroying my days

  32. Julie says:

    Looks like I am a member of the club. I had surgery done to lift my bladder 29 months ago and since then I have had 35 UTI’s. I have seen 5 doctors and done all the supplements and cranberry and trimethoprim and even acupuncture. I was hospitalized because of an allergic reaction to some of the drugs they tried.(nitrofurantoin) NOTHING has stopped them. I have no symptoms other than increased frequency, cloudiness and odor. It is almost never the same bacteria two times in a row. Most are strains that even the doctors are not familiar with.:Kelbsiella pneumonia, proteus Mirabilis/penneri, kelbsiella oxytoca, citrobacter freundii, and morganella morganii. Most are only found in nursing homes in patients with severely compromised immune systems. I am an otherwise a healthy 65 year old who has not been able to have sex since the operation. Drinking cranberry juice rotted my teeth and I had to get a crown. All tests indicate that my basic internal systems are fine and operating normally. So why so many UTI’s. And how do I stop them? HELP!!!

  33. lala says:

    I just got done with antibiotics last week, but now again I can tell I have another one, so annoying, I just pray that I can truely find something that makes em stay away…so back to dr today, bumms me out so sick of this annoying uti

  34. lala says:

    I just got done with antibiotics last week, but now again I can tell I have another one, so annoying, I just pray that I can truely find something that makes em stay away…so back to dr today, bumms me out so sick of this annoying uti, so I go to dr today nd get an answer nd more meds, im crying cuz it ruins my life, just sick of them, this is like my 15th one this year

  35. Steph L says:

    I have been having a UTI every month it seems like since I started dating my boyfriend (It’s been a year and I am still getting them) I was told when you have a new partner even if you are both clean etc. for some reason you are more prone to more UTI. New relationship- more excitement, more sex, more bacteria? That’s what I conclude.

    I have never had so many in my life and I actually don’t have the burning and the pain like others do, my symptom which is awful to me is always feeling like I have to go. Even if I drink lots of water it’s annoying to feel like you have to pee right after going to the bathroom.

    I’ve taken several medications including cipro, bactrim, macrobid and even a non antibiotic called Uribel which cleans out bacteria but doesn’t it kill it. It’s actually a really good medicine it cleans out the bacteria in the urine and helps with the frequency symptoms. Side effect is even if you drink a lot of water your urine will either be smurf blue, or aqua color. It also stains your underwear and even the toilet seat so wear panty liners and clean the toilet seat after each use. (It’s TMI weird but I noticed it) I do highly recommend it and ask your DR. If you want the relief but don’t want to keep taking antibiotics which can be harmful with prolonged use. (at least from what I read + it kills good & bad bacteria. We want the good.. I think i’ve had so many UTI the bacteria is becoming resistant to certain antibiotics so far the Uribel has been working the best. After my last dosage of Uribel I felt back to 100% normal, so 2 months ago after i was fine and finished my course, I started heavily looking into prevention and natural remedies for those who have posted like me that want to avoid frequent antibiotic use (or they’re not working) etc. So far it has worked but today I’m starting to feel pressure in my bladder. I have done a LOT to prevent or tone it down before I get a full blown one. But now that i’m starting to get that bladder pressure even after I pee I am getting worried. I was told to go to a UROgynecologist. One that is like a urologist and a gyno. I have gone to a urologist a few months ago ( I was getting them every month) and he said my bladder looked fine in the Xray. He put me on a low dose antibiotic of Macrobid you take after intercourse to prevent the UTI but I got off of it because I STILL had the symptoms and on top of that I got yeast infection. My gyno is shocked i’m still getting them because urine cultures show the antibiotics that seem to kill the bacteria in the culture & for some reason I still have the frequency. Only thing that worked was antiseptic Uribel. .I’m starting to think I could have either endometriosis or Interstitial cystitis (Please look into it ladies) the symptoms of UTI comes up. Endometriosis came up because now i’m also having an irregular period and I haven’t had sex in almost a month so now i’m wondering why the pressure is coming back. So I will now find a urogynecologist and speak of my infections and symptoms. I may have testing done where they can literally see inside your bladder and see if anything is wrong with it depending on what they tell me.
    Tomorrow morning I will take a home UTI test. To reconfirm it is UTI and not the endometriosis or the Interstitial cystitis. I will still check out the Urogynecologist if what I try today doesn’t improve the feeling.

    If interested below is what i’ve been doing that may work for you. It worked so far in 2 months without UTI and I’ve been getting them every month but now I don’t feel 100% I feel 85-90% normal… (when I mean normal I mean like before I ever had a UTi or even yeast infection)

    Preventions and natural remedies
    I now shower with Summer’s eve PH balance soap (make sure unscented and only a dab) I sometimes wish I could go back to nice smelling soaps down there but scents can irritate you down there… Do not mess up your PH

    Of course pee before and after sex (So in turn try to drink lots of water) Try not to drink soda, alcohol or anything with high sugars. Again… + antibiotics -good bacteria (with bad)= yeast infection if high yeast feeding foods/drinks. Soda and Alcohol I find immediately make me feel like I have the tingly feeling of having to pee

    I try to full on shower before and after sex. Sometimes my BF is impatient for a full shower for me to come back to bed afterwards, so if I don’t I wash my area with warm water and a tablespoon of vinegar after sex. Just external. Vinegar helps with PH issues caused by the sex.. (no soap for after sex as it’s sensitive at that time)

    I do not douche however I only douche with water and vinegar if I have a yeast infection because the vinegar kills yeast. If you douche regularly it can mess up your pH inside. Better work from the inside and out

    So.. I looked at probiotic for women for vaginal issues or to make regular. I read Dr. Oz recommended RePHresh probiotic daily supplement. you take 1 pill a day. it’s a probiotic that works with the good bacteria count you have and make sure it’s balanced to help fight the bad. I’ve found that I was so good with this I forgot to take it for 2 days (now this pressure started ironically :( They also have one you put inside your vagina but I don’t like to put anything in there. I rather work from inside out. I don’t want to risk me getting bacteria on the suppository etc.

    I now wear only full cotton panties (no synthetic with just cotton crotch piece) *just look for bikini cut or cute designs. and try to stay away from thongs. Even if the thong is cotton I hear when it gets stuck the back piece in your butt it can shift to the frt and even if you think your anal area is clean those sneaky little bacteria may find their way to the frt so I don’t chance it now. *special occasion only and if it’s going to be on for a short time ;)

    I tell my BF sorry honey I’ve been getting too much UTi not that you’re dirty but i’d rather play it safe” So if he tries to play with me down there with his hand I either have him wash his hands or keep sanitizer by the bed.

    I have been eating greek yogurt daily. At least once a day. Your best bet is to buy plain and just put granola/berries/cranberries/raisins etc.since I hate it plain. Also the pineapple variety. The greek yogurt contains Lactobacillus acidophilus (it says on the label) *Also in RePHresh. This is good bacteria that helps fight bad bacteria and neutralize it down there. Don’t get sweet ones or other fruits because the sugars feed yeast. So if you’re taking any antibiotics for UTI that can kill good bacteria causing Yeast infections then the sugars that are in the yogurt can work against you and feed the yeast. Plain yogurt can help keep yeast at bay. I suggest pineapple only because I read pineapple contains the below which I will mention natural D mannose.

    D mannose is a simple sugar natural compound that is found in cranberries, blueberries and even pineapple that helps keep bacteria from adhering to your urinary tract. I have been taking D mannose in the pill form (brand Solaray with Cranactin) So you can drink all the cranberry juice you want if it’s not 100% pure cranberry juice with low sugars then you are probably not helping the cause that much… So you take 2 a day and I take 2 more after sex to make it stronger (the resistance to the bacteria)

    Last thing I read is Highly effective is a natural herb called Uva Ursi. The one I bought says you take 3 a day. I also read you should not take it as a preventative this is a temporary treatment and something you should use sparingly as it can cause kidney damage. crazy right? In the last 2 months I only took it the 3 times a day for 3 days in a row and that’s it. I read you shouldn’t take more than 5 days straight. So I did 3. I only did it when I started feeling the frequency again like normal UTI. Today since I have the pressure and only slight tingle I took one, a RePHresh and going to drink LOTS of water.

    If you get put on ANY medication whether it’s antibiotic or antiseptic, take all the medication prescribed when you feel better It’s tempting to save $ and a Dr. Visit and take one or two of those puppies when you feel symtoms again but it’s the opposite. You have to take the full medication to kill all the bacteria. You may be killing some not all if you don’t finish them and what happens is the bacteria left stay and grow resistant to the same medication if they prescribe to you on the next UTI. I think this has happened to me before so now I take all of it…Sucks though I took a week of cipro one time and it didn’t work and I ended up getting yeast infection. So be clear with your dr if after a few days you still feel the same as when you started or worse.

    Hope this can help . I had no idea so many women had frequent UTi’s and I have friends who are starting to get them more now too. I hear once you get one you have high chance of getting them back

    • Stacey says:

      I get them allll the time and i know my immune syatem isnt weak because i never get sick with anything else, even when my kids catch colds and stuff, i never ever catch anything. I just get utis. So i dont know if its a low immune system or not.

  36. Brooklyn Wade says:

    Okay so I’m 17 years old and I keep getting utis but its just this year alone. I’ve gotten exactly 9 and I have never had sex with my boyfriend and I have no clue why I keep getting them…
    I do everything I’m supposed to do and they keep getting worse… every time I go to the doctor they just give me pills that take a day to work and its just the worst.. I don’t know what else to do.. I’m running out of options. My parents are worried about me.. I need major help with this is, is it just genetics? Do I have a week imune system?…

    • Linda says:

      I just turned 60. My youngest son is your age. I’ve had problems with utis and pain off and on over the years. One thing you might ask your doctor is if you could try a low dose antibiotic each night for a few months to give your body a break from utis. It can definitely help your outlook! God bless you. I will pray for you

  37. WannaBE says:

    Hi there everbody, I hear that taking 1 table spoons of apple cider vinegar twice daily does help fight UTIs, STIs etc. How true is this?

  38. Kai says:

    I’m 17 years old and I’ve never even heard of a uti until this past November when I had all the symptoms and was urinating blood. I went to the doctor , being a minor, of course my parents had to come and they are unaware of the fact that I am sexually active. the whole trip was just awkward. upon realizing that sex was probably the trigger for this, my boyfriend was very understanding in my decision to stop having sex. since November I haven’t had sex or done any sexual activity, but I’m still getting a UTI every single month… I hate soda, I hate coffee, I’ve never even had a sip of alcohol and the thought of going a day without showering disgusts me. my dad recently lost his job so constant dr visits are out of the question. I’ve heard about this sugar called d mannose but I can only find it online. does anyone know a store that carries d mannose tablets?

  39. dianea says:

    Wow im so glad to see this. I was begning to get kinda worried that there was something else wrong with me. There is so much helpful advice here. Im going to start trying some of these. I have had quite a few myself. Not as much as dome on here. THANK GOD!! I usually have about 2 a year. I drink lots of soda. Think thats my problem. Not enough water. THANKS EVERYONE for all the good advice. My mother said something about dandelion root. And another lady said drink 1 beer. Nit so sure about the beer but I know tge dandelion root works. BUT IT TASTES TERRIBLE. I dont care what it tastes like as long as it gets rid or helps.

  40. Alanna says:

    Yeah I get them like every week. Or after sex. Or after my period. I do everything right. I drink water. Cranberry juice. I pee frequently. I gotta work in 6 hours and I’ve been up for 3. I’ve been to a urologist. I have been to a gyno. General surgeon. I’ve been to my primary doctor 50 billion times. I’ve gotten to the point where I just sit on the toilet. Drink water and cry. Because I cant enjoy anything good in life because of this stupid ass vagina that I was born with. I just got a job too. Now I’m going to have to ask for today off because I cant sleep for shit. Good luck ladies. I feel sorry for each and every one of you right now. Because I go through the same shit.

  41. Janell Samrov says:

    i wish i didnt have back pain :(

  42. Kim Riley says:

    Hi everyone. I am suffering with another uti and this is really my first one since stopping my periods. It wasn’t even caused by sex, just run down. I am highly allergic to all but ONE antibiotic and even that makes me very ill while I take it but, no choice. I had a history a while back of CONSTANT infections and want to share with you what stopped them. I have IBS and was using baby wipes all of the tins, before sex etc….the more iris I got the more I did not feel clean enough….I killed off all of ny good bacteria, and voila, utis! Once I stopped using them they stopped, my advice is NEVER use any soaps etc vaginaly, it is self cleansing! I ended it with so many in such a short time my urethra closed and I had to have it dialated…horrible surgery. It has left me permanently susceptible, please heed my warning!:)

  43. Stacey says:

    I get like 10 or more utis in a yr. i have medullary sponge kidney, i dont know if thats why i get so many infections, but i have one right now and its e coli, and i just started on ammoxicillin (spelling) hope it works because i have had so many problems with antibiotics not getting rid of my infections. I do everything right, i drink lots and lots of water, i dont drink alcohol, because of my kidneys, i dont drink soda, i wipe front to back, i urinate before and after sex, i have very good hygene, i take plenty of bathroom breaks, i take good care of my body. But i stay sick with utis, more than have of my life is spent fighting utis, not only that, but passing kidney stones because of my meduallry sponge kidney disease. I dont have insurance but i go to the dr when i have severe problems and infections. Does anyone know how i can prevent my utis? This is driving me insane! I dont have a normal life, i want to be fit and healthy so i force myself to exercise through horrible pain and discomfort, i take azo to help with the burning but i still do not have a normal life and everything i do, is very hard because im always unconfortable and hurting.

  44. Stacey says:

    By the way, i am a uti “pro” whatever i can call it. I get them so much and i have tried so many natural remedies, nothing has worked for me. Even antibiotics sometimes dont work. Its horrible. I have used apple cider vinegar tablets, some natural uti pills from the health food store, and much much more, cranberry etc, nothing has ever worked for me.

  45. Maragaret Winward says:

    It has take us weeks to find a site like this that provides such a high level of information, thanks

  46. Mariah c says:

    I’m 16 years old I’ve been getting UTI seance I was a little girl I get them
    At least 4 times a month I’ve Been to the docs and
    Nothing helps last time I went the meds did work but I got my
    Period right after and it came backbone matter what I do it won’t go away what should I do ?

  47. Christina says:

    Ok so a lot of other women have been having what I have. For the 4 years of high school I had I would always get UTI’s every 3 weeks. It was the most painful thing ever and I ended up missing a lot of days. What I have found that works for me and may work for others. (And no I wasn’t even sexually active)

    Don’t take baths
    Don’t use public bathrooms unless you have to and use a seat cover
    D-mannose will work for preventing but will not cure
    DO NOT be embarrassed to go into the doctor the first day of slight symptoms, some doctors help, others will not. Its a good thing to find one that will thoroughly look through all of your past medical history.

    Keep a good immune system (This I found most important) Do daily vitamins and make sure to get plenty of Vitamin C. Also make sure after your sick or have sex to double up on some preventative measures.

    When I feel an infection coming on I usually take D-mannose with a combination of 2,000-3,000 mg of Vitamin C a day. Also drink lots of water I usually end up going through at least 8-10 water bottles during the day to feel ok.

    I found that drinking cranberry juice from grocery stores end up making them worse because of a lot of chemicals added, or even extra sugar.

    AZO did help relieve until I got it fixed but It wont help you get rid of it.

    Also a good tip I’ve found is DO NOT keep going even though you feel like it. It makes it more irritated the more you strain the muscles down there. So make sure to go often, but not so often that you’re sitting there for an hour in pain. A trick I learned is to sit at the edge of any seat and put your legs partway upward and have your feet almost touching together and just stretch it gently. Even when standing up keeping your legs almost together tends to help the strain of the other muscles.

    Btw: Baking soda can help but I don’t recommend it. Another good option is magnesium supplement, however taking too much will make you end up on the toilet for another problem ;P

  48. Audrey says:

    I would get repeated uti’s, however, in the health food store I found U-Tract. It is a bit expensive but it only kills the bad bacteria not the good. It stopped the uti’s. Now if I feel symptoms or if I have sex I just start them

  49. Chloe says:

    I’ve had 6 uti’s so far. 4 of these being in 4 months this year (March-June). The last time I had one was less than two weeks after the one I had prior(yet they put me on the same antibiotics..that seems kind of careless honestly). And every time I finish treatment I tell myself “that’s the last time.” But then times like this morning.. I wake up after being asleep 4 hours without having any sort of sexual relations the night before. With an intense urge to pee. And then it happens.. I realize that even though I’ve been following every rule and making sure I’m always drinking something.. I have another UTI. The most frustrating part is how embarrassing it is to go to the same place. A month later for the exact same reason I’ve been there the last 5 times. Already knowing what’s wrong. But having to go to get antibiotics. It’s almost embarrassing. I feel like the doctors look at me like I’m dirty or something. I’ve only been sexually active with ONE person. I pee after every time we have sex. And to no prevail my dainty..sensitive..good for nothing lady parts always have to get an infection out of no where. I never know what caused it. I never know why I’m proned to them all of a sudden. I feel hopeless.. like every time I get up and pee in the morning its a gamble. I’m wasting $25 on am office visit alone every time. I KNOW WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME. Why should I continue to waste money on going to the doctor? Every time I go in for it.. I’m always right. Never once has it been a false alarm. I guess what I’m trying to say is.. to all the ladies who suffer from constant UTIs… With no real answer as to why other than “you’re a woman. You’re more prone.” You’re not alone. I got my first one less than two years ago. Why won’t they stop now? My last one was 3 weeks ago. I guess I shouldn’t expect anything to actually be done about them. I’ll just keep pouring money into this. And waking up being put in an immediately bad mood. The frustration is real.

  50. Debbie says:

    Well it is nice to know i am not the only one that gets these utis. My problem is I got my first uti and I didn’t even now it. I had it for a long time and the Dr. didn’t even check me for a uti. I got so sick from it I got septic and almost died. And now they can’t get rid of my uti, even with antibiotics.
    so I went to see a uroligist and he took a test and said I didn’t have a uti. But
    I just found out that I do have a uti. So I don’t know what to do. I keep myself very clean and drink lots of water and I am taking the same antibiotics my Dr. gave me also the uroligist gave me a RX for me to clean with down there and also a RX of an onitment to put on after I clean with this pink stuff. So I thought that this would work, but no I got it again. So can anybody please help me. I am also handicaped and I can’t do this myself but I do have a very good caregiver and she helps me alot.

  51. Jody says:

    Wow…Glad I found this site. I am 41 and have had UTI’s and Kidney infections my whole life. When I was 5 I had surgery on my left ureter called ureter reimplant surgery. I had reflux which caused severe infections. I have been doing ok for the past couple of years actually and almost forgot about the hell that is UTI and kidney infections! Three weeks ago though, I got a massive one. It was SO painful. It quickly spred to my kidneys too! Also, I am allergic to most antibiotics! And, when the culture came back, this e coli was resistant to alot of meds!! So…I am extremely paranoid now! I had to do a week of shots in my back with a med called Ertapenam. One week later, it was back! We were trying to take a family vacation and drove straight to the ER when we got here. So, I was having to drive to the hospital for shots, but the second day I had a reaction to the medicine and caused trouble breathing. SO, yesterday they prescribed MOnorul for me. It’s a one day dose?! I pray to God this works! I am just feeling very scared that this will not go away and I will die because the bacteria are so resistant to a lot of meds. I just ordered some D Mannose from Amazon and will try that asap. I have also just lost my father six months ago and am just feeling a bit sorry for myself. I want to be healthy for my children. My UTI’s frequently go right to my kidneys. I am scared about this infection. It’s been the worst one I’ve ever had and it came right back within a week!! Praying that Monorul works! ANyone else ever tried this one?? Thanks!

  52. Aida Berrios says:

    Omg I though I was thee only one with the frequent uti. I get them all the time. My Dr gave me several different antibiotics but none seems to do the job….. Well i guess I will try d mannos n see what out come I get…

  53. Anonymous says:

    I keep getting yeast infections(at least once or twice a month) no matter how clean and shaven I am. I drink crnberry juice all the time because I love it and I take cranberry pills as well.

  54. rizz says:

    Uti is really very common dez day… I too had 4months bk….n I went to see my doc…. She gave five dose of gentalek injection…. Within 15 minutes d urine stopped n d pain in my lower abdomen began to subside….d five dose is for five days…. I dose a day…. M talkin out of expirence….my doctor is my elder sister…n m a 500level medical student….I go d hospitals a lot… Try it n see m very sure it will work

  55. Tanya says:

    I feel so bad for everybody out there who is dealing with the same thing as I am. I sit on my toilet and cry as well. My boyfriend always warms the heating pad to make me feel nicer, but I can’t handle this anymore.

    I’ve been to the doctor so many times, but I don’t have a family doctor. I ask for repeats on my medication in case of returning urgent symptoms, but doctors don’t like doing that. Macrobid makes me sick, but it’s the only thing that works for me. I consistently get a UTI after sex, if I pee or not.

    As directed, I don’t use harsh soaps. I still get them every 2-3 weeks. They’re severely painful and I have all the symptoms.

    I am worried that it might be something else. Sometimes the doctors say that my urine sample tests negative, but they prescribe me anyways, and I do feel better. The symptoms return eventually. Does this mean it could be anything else? The symptoms are resolved with Macrobid, but they return all the time.

    Please help.

    Also, shout out to everyone out there who never wants to have sex again because of these stupid infections.

    • Mel says:

      OMG GIRL!! i definitely feel your pain.
      my boyfriend suggested fem fresh cause it’s suppose to keep the area “clean” and it sucks because you’re just going to fear for a urine infection every time you have sex or you can’t have sex for a long time because of the urine infections. i used to have ural. which is a powder you put in the water that is suppose to relieve symptoms. this product you can just get in a pharmacy and you don’t need a prescription so maybe try that. i remember when i was younger i used to take this tablet called hiprex or something like that ” still trying to find out the full name” that was non prescribed aswell and i thought that was better than ural. there are so many medications that aren’t prescribed that you can just get but if it continues to persist then unfortunately you have to go to a doctor. i would definitely go for a different doctor!!!! that would suck to have that many urine infections because you just fear of going to the toilet every time and you can’t do anything. maybe say i want this to be tested for to see if you have any problems up there,.
      good luck and i hope it gets better for you

  56. Mel says:

    i had a uti about a month ago, it got really bad where it took me 2 treatments to get it fixed, and i had really bad abdominal pains where i would bloat and it would just make me want to cry, turns out it was an organism family to the cocci. i would only pee a drop and now i noticed it coming back again the other day. But this time it wasn’t little drops it was a long pee each time and it didn’t burn yet i still have the urge to pee. i have tried so many things to try to prevent it, my boyfriend even suggested to buy fem fresh which is gynecological tested. i use to get them alot when i was younger and i have had it probably 3 times as an adult. could you suggest more ways of prevention. i wipe front to back, i definitely will start drinking alot of water but i just want it gone for good.

  57. SadiMay says:

    Hey! I to am 19, I have had about 6 UTI’s in the past two months!. I honestly don’t know what to do anymore, I have already been to the ER once a few months ago and they didn’t tell me much of anything. Normally they only last about 3 day’s, I started getting them about 6 months ago and they would be a few weeks apart, then they started coming more frequently. I currently have one that is going on 3weeks, I drink plenty of water, take cranberry pills/ drink cranberry juice and I take AZO for the pain. My mom did tell me when I was first born I had issues with UTI’S and my bladder and kidney’s, and I had to be put on medication for 9 months, the thing is that I didn’t start to get them again till 6 months ago. I am sexually active but I use the restroom before and after, I also wash myself after sex. I do everything I was told to do by the doctor and I still get them like crazy. I only wear cotton underware now because I heard that can help prevent UTI’s. I can’t go to the doctor all the time so I really don’t know what to do anymore. Help!

  58. Brenda says:

    I get so many UTIs I have a standing order for UAs. I bypass the Dr. visit and call the Dr. office to check what antibiotic will be prescribed and pick it up at the pharmacy. I have taken so many antibiotics that my immune system is shot. I am sick more than I am well lately. This is so frustrating. I love that I found this site, I don’t feel so alone. I’m going to try some of the suggestions. Thank you all.

  59. Sarah says:

    All of a sudden I started getting constant UTI’s. I got my first one, went to the doctor and got antibiotics. Then I went on vacation and could tell when I had some alcohol the next day that the antiobiotics had not taken care of it all the way. The infection was still lingering. I had to get antiobiotics in a foreign country.
    After I got home I just started getting them all the time. After I would drink or near my period or just randomly anytime.


    Drink BAKING SODA mixed with water. At the very first sign/feeling of a UTI I will drink about a tsp of baking soda mixed in water and it almost immediately relieves the symptoms. And the UTI seems to go away. Some times I don’t feel the infection has totally gone, so I drink the baking soda twice a day.

    I have no idea why I started getting them all the time, but there was no way I was taking antiobiotics all the time. Especially since they didn’t even seem to fully clear up the infections. Good luck ladies.

  60. Latoya Green says:

    Thanks for all these tips. I been struggling with UTI’S for a few years. I usually get them every 3 months. I use prescribe medication, off ths shelf pain medication, and drink plenty of water and cranberry juice. I learned that l have to get information off the web to help myself. I’m afraid UTI will turn into cancer and l want to prevent this now. I learn alot from google.

  61. TiyaZ says:

    Girls, I feel sorry for all of us.
    I got my first UTI in mid April, second on 6.1, third one on 7.20 and having it now on 8.5. It’s so frequent that I can’t ever take. Sex for me is definitely the reason. My bf and I are in long distance, so basically, every time we meet we have a lot of sex. We started dating last December and UTI came to me this April. Major lifestyle change for me since April is that I switched pad to tampon. Do I need to stop using tampons?
    After third time, I started to drink a lot water and always pee after sex. And this time when it comes, I don’t feel that bad: less pain and much less frequency. I suggest you all to follow that. I started to take cranberry products yesterday. So far I don’t have a solution to prevent it for good, but I hope we can get it as less as possible. I made an appointment with urologist and will share with you what I got from him.

  62. TonyaT says:

    I was told that having UTIs were because i didn’t hydrate enough, I am a nurse I stay busy so I didn’t use the bathroom when i was busy. . took antibiotics until i was sick of taking them, how about i had a trip to the ER in sever pain and found out that i have bi-lat nephrolitiasis and a urine culture found staph in my kidneys, the doctor missed it….WOW….. i have so many clusters of kidney stones in both kidneys that without surgery i can not get rid of them. GREAT…. my point being make sure you guys get a scan of the kidneys done and no stones are present.

  63. Vel S says:

    I have had kidney stones,uti’s and bladder infections…I had the stones blasted and it seemed that i passed them…i just got off of antibiotics and i know it went to my kidneys..I am very clean…My body is resistant to the antibiotics…because i keep the uti’s back to back for the last 2 yrs…..i have had ultra sounds,scans and x happened so often that my right Kidney had spasms..Horrid pain….I also have no symptoms of a UTI no burning or frequent urination…what i do get is cloudy and dark urine…I just want to give up !!!!

  64. ashlyn says:

    i get a annoyingly high amount of bladder infections. probably once a month. sometimes more. i have one now. and its been going on for about 3 1/2 weeks. i half way finished prescribed antibiotics and then stopped. and started agin and am almost finished with a full bottle now. it will seam like it goes away then it will come back stronger, I’m getting random fevers. its driving crazy. i was fine for about a week and thought it was gown and used some bath salts cuz my back hurt so bad. (oops) and it irritated it agin.


    i don’t know what to do. i don’t have insurance and can’t afford to go to a doc.

  65. Becky hackett says:

    Tomorrow I am going to the health store and will try the d-mannose. I am 50 years old and cringe at the thought of having sex. My poor husband. It is unfair to him and myself. But for,the last 10 years, without fail, I get a uti after sex. That’s a given. I wash, use the restroom and take cranberry pills and am on a once daily dose of Cipro. Now, I get a uti literally one on top of the next there is no end. I have had 3 abdominal surgeries and one doctor told me it could be that the scar tissue from my last abdominal surgery has developed in such a way that itches caused a problem with my urethra. I was checked for a pocket in my bladder all was well there. But what was most interesting to me is, how many of you also suffer from severe endometriosis? When I saw my obgyn I suggested that my endometriosis might be back. He agreed that was possible. 10 years ago I had a hysterectomy. But they left in ovaries. When I should have my cycle, the lining that would normally build up in the uterus can’t now since it is gone. But can on all other internal organs. Could my urethra have tissue growing on the outside and that is what is causing the pain that feels like a uti ? I also have severe IBS so I am very careful on wiping, cleaning, etc. It has gotten so bad, all I want to do is sit on my heating pad. I am desperate. Could this be a factor or cause or are my uti’s just normal now that I am pre menopausal? Dr. Checked. Last month all hormone levels are great. No one has ever suggested this but could it happen?? Thank you for anyone who can answer this question. Becky Hackett

  66. Someone says:

    I have been having pain down there for several weeks now I have taken antibiotics prescribed by my doctor but the pain is still lingering some days it’s not too bad it has been stressimg me severly I don’t know if anyone still looks at this thread but if anyone could help me I would be so grateful. Thank you.

  67. anonymous says:

    Has anyone ever been checked for a duplicate ureter? I’m almost thirty and had my first uti. I went to the er the first time because I also had severe right side pain. Turns out I have two ureters on my right side and it had probably had the bacteria spread up their from the uti and caused the pain. But reading about it they usually find this abnormality as a child from getting utis all the time, which I never had.Apparently it’s the most common renal abnormality. I had an ivp xray done to determine this and will be getting a cystoscopy done to make sure it is properly inserting in the bladder. In the meantime ive had two other uti’s. They are always a day or two before my period. I started taking 4 cranberry pills three times a day at the first sign of the uti and will be taking them daily, asking with the real juice. If you’ve tried everything I would suggest looking into a duplicate ureter or kidney, it’s more common than you think!

  68. Bee says:

    HI Ladies………..Oh how it’s tough to be a girl. UTIs are the bane of my existence. Here are some tips that really helped me get mine under control:

    Wash ALL your underwear in the liquid Arm & Hammer Baking soda Laundry detergent. HOT water, and add some bleach. Rinse twice. Cold water and hang-to- dry….do not kill the bad micro-organisms, like E colli, and staph. Better to ruin your undies thru laundry, than be in pain.

    Never wear PJ or sweat pant bottoms two days in a row! Wear them only once, then launder, and in hot water and small amount of bleach.

    Pre sex? Wash your own hands, well, and frequently, and ask your partner to wash his hands…as well as ANYTHING else …that is coming in contact with with your lady parts. Make it fun, just shower together first!!

    Pee before And after, &? Lube , lube, lube.

    When you do pee, gently blot the paper, do not rub/wipe hard. And when in the shower, rinse, rinse rinse, but no soaps on the lady bits. Remember, your tissues are fragile. Give em a break!

    Give up sugar. It is SO awfully hard… but It really helped me cut down on severity, AND frequency of UTIs. Sad but true for me.

    I hope that it can help!

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