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Female Urinary Tract Infection- Things You Must Know

 

Your body has a perfect waste management system
designed to filter toxic waste and get it out of it. But, like any
other system, the lack of maintenance or inappropriate use of it
could lead to malfunction, mainly by infections.

Female urinary tract infection is widely common in
women all over the world and at all age. The reason being that the
design of the urinary tract in women lends itself to more bacteria
exposure.

The main components of human urinary system are two kidneys, two uteri, a
urinary bladder, and an urethra. First, two kidneys filter waste
products from the blood stream and convert the filtrate into urine.

Urine is then passed into the urinary bladder. From there, it travels
through the urethra, which
is a tubular small passage through which urine is
excreted from the body.

Females have very short urethra, which is approximately 1.5 inches long.
Urinal infections are common in females due to the short distance
between urinal opening, anus and vagina. The presence of bacteria in this era is usually present

Major Urinary Tract Infections

A urinary tract infection is an infection involving the organs that
produce urine and carry it out of the body. These structures include
the kidneys, uterus, bladder and urethra.

Female urinary tract infection can be divided into two types: Upper
urinary tract infection and lower urinary tract infection.

  • Upper urinary tract infection- kidneys infections.
    These involve the ureters and kidneys. This usually occur when bacteria
    from other part of the body, get into the kidney through the bloodstream. Most
    of the time it starts with a bladder infection that spreads to the kidney. Usually, bacteria called E. coli cause the
    infection to begin with. Other bacteria can also cause kidney infections.
  • Lower urinary tract infection- Bladder infection.
    This occur when bacteria normally found in the intestine travel to the
    bladder. They spread from the anus to the urethra into the bladder
    where they grow and cause infections.

Although the urinary system is designed to keep microscopic invaders out,
these defenses sometimes fail. When that happens, bacteria may take
hold and grow into a full-blown infection in the urinary tract.

 

Women are affected much more often than men because women have short
urethra that allow relatively easy passage of bacteria into the
bladder.

Sexual intercourse can cause bacteria to spread upward into the bladder.
Also, the use of contraceptive diaphragms and spermicides may change
the normal bacterial environment around the urethra and make
infection more likely.

During pregnancy, women undergo certain temporary changes in their anatomy
of the urinary tract. Expectant mother are the prime candidates for
bladder infections

Female Urinary Tract Infection- Main Symptoms

The following are the most common symptoms of a urinary tract infections.

  • Pain, discomfort or a burning sensation during urination.
  • Urine that looks cloudy, or smells foul or unusually strong.
  • Unusually frequent urination.
  • Pain, pressure or tenderness in the area of the bladder.
  • An intense urge to urinate.

 

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common in women, and many women
experience more than one infection during their lifetimes.

Some risk factors specific to women for UTIs include:

a) Certain types of birth control. Women who use diaphragms for birth control
may be at higher risk, as well as women who use spermicidal agents.

b) Sexual activity. Sexually active women tend to have more UTIs than do
women who aren’t sexually active. Having a new sexual partner also increases your
risk.

c) Female anatomy. A woman has a shorter urethra than a man does, which shortens the
distance that bacteria must travel to reach the bladder.

d) Menopause. After menopause, a decline in circulating estrogen causes changes in the
urinary tract that make you more vulnerable to infection

 

 

Holistic Approach to Healing Urinary Infections

While treating UTIs without antibiotics is certainly a future possibility,
for now, they remain the most effective standard treatment. However,
a prescription medication doesn’t have to be the only line of defense.

Drink plenty of water.

Water is like the magic solution for cleansing everything in your body,
drinking plenty of water can help flush out bacteria, so it’s important to stay hydrated
with a UTI. Keep a glass of water nearby and refill it whenever it gets low.

Drink pure cranberry juice.

Medical researchers learned as early as the 1840s that the hippuric acid in
cranberries inhibits the growth of E. coli bacteria, the most common
cause of UTI.

This acid also keeps E. coli from adhering to the urinary tract walls, and
from spreading from the bladder to the kidneys.

Pure cranberry juice contains antioxidants that remove the bond between
bacteria and the urethra walls, and that weaken bacteria. For a
natural remedy, drink three 8-ounce servings of pure cranberry
juice—make sure it doesn’t contain sugar.

Take high dose vitamin C

Vitamin C stimulates the immune system by increasing interferon,
a protein that stop pathogenic microbes from replicating. Most
bacteria hate acidic environments.

Consuming vitamin C will create citric acid, which is toxic to bad
bacteria.

Cod liver oil

High quality cod liver oil is naturally rich in Vitamin A and D. Vitamin D
especially has been shown to induce the antimicrobial peptides in the
bladder that help prevent urinary tract infections. This not only can
be used as a preventive measure but also can help your body recover
faster.

 

Prevention- steps to reduce your risk of urinary tract infections

There are some other recommendation that can be very useful:

  • Avoid damp clothes. A warm, damp environment is breeding grounds for
    harmful bacteria. Always change out of wet swimsuits or sweaty
    workout clothes as soon as possible. If you have frequent UTIs,
    stick to loose fitting, cotton underwear; they’re more breathable than other materials.
  • Drink plenty of liquids, especially water. Drinking
    water helps dilute your urine and ensures that you’ll urinate more
    frequently — allowing bacteria to be flushed from your urinary
    tract before an infection can begin.
  • You can also prevent infection by wiping from front to back. This
    prevent the spread of intestinal bacteria from the anus to the
    urinary tract. Women should always wipe toilet tissue from front to
    back after having bowel movement.
  • Urinating after sexual intercourse can also help to flush out bacteria from
    the urethra.
  • Do not take bath; take shower. Women lying in a bathtub can make the
    urethra susceptible to infection since bacteria can enter the body.

 

  • Avoid feminine sprays and douches. These products contain chemicals that
    can irritate the urethra and cause infections.

 

  • Wash before and after having sexSexual intercourse is another situation that   leaves you more susceptible to
    getting bacteria in your urethra. Take the time to wash yourself  with soap and water both before and after having sex to greatly
    reduce your risk of getting a UTI. Ask your partner to do likewise. Don’t be afraid to ask.

Final Thought

Urinary infections are very common, but there are many ways to prevent them.
Hygiene is your first line of defense.

Create a system and map out all the steps that you think are necessary to
prevent an infection and stick to it.

 

 

 

 

Justina Lantigua de Quezada

One Comment

  1. This was a very informative article. Having a UTI is very frustrating, so knowing there are ways to prevent it is great. Also regarding natural remedies, I have heard of cranberry juice but not the other remedies so was good to learn about them. Thanks!

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