Friday, 13 August 2010
For those of you who don't know, a UTI is a urinary tract infection. This can be as simple as an inflammation of the bladder (most common and not too serious) or a kidney infection. They are caused by bacteria (E. coli, to be exact) entering the vagina. Girls new to sex often get them, kids who would rather do the potty dance than actually pee might get them, and long road trips don't help either.
Between the burning when you pee, occasional blood, and funky smell, there is absolutely nothing redeeming about these bad boys. Except that it means that you didn't catch crabs. Which is a positive.
So here are some tips to avoid UTIs and some advice on how to deal with your burning vag. Hold on, I think I need more cranberry juice.
The annoying symptoms:
1. Constantly feeling like you need to pee. But you don't, so you end up sitting on the toilet, angry and muttering obscenities.
2. Burning or pain when you actually do pee.
3. Cloudy, bloody, or funky smelling urine.
4. Some leakage.
5. Pain in the lower abdomen.
Alas, if you are already at the stage where you are running to the bathroom every five minutes because your bladder is bitching "release me!" but not much comes out, then you are contracted said UTI. Now you must deal with this bullshit for a few days-- here's how:
1. It is recommended that you go to a doctor who can confirm that you really do have a UTI. They can then give you antibiotics and even medication to deal with the pain. They can also tell you if you are truly having a UTI and not something more serious.
2. If you can't make it to the doctor's you will have to rough it out the natural way. Drinks tons and tons of cranberry juice (100% juice, not cocktail) or take cranberry capsules, drinks lots of water, and take Vitamin C. I swear by drinking water bottle after water bottle of juice and water-- it gradually eliminates the burning and and you stop having false alarms.
3. Avoid sex until the infection is cleared, or you will only irritate your angry vag more.
To avoid getting UTIs, remember these rules:
1. Front to back. Wiping, I mean. I know, y'all aren't toddlers, but it has to be said.
2. Pee within 10 minutes of sexy time ending. Worried about your man hearing you tinkle or too happy basking in the glory of sweat and sex smell to go to the bathroom? Get over it. Get to the bathroom and pee because bacteria will build up if you don't. And then your vag will burn and sex will no longer be on your agenda. You dig? Also, gently wash around your vag after sex to remove lingering bacteria.
3. Keep your bits dry and clean. Avoid sporting nylon undies and wet bathing suit bottoms for extended periods of time. Cotton crotches are best.
4. Go to the bathroom frequently and don't hold it for long.
4. Avoid sex positions that hurt your bladder or urethra (if you are having sex and freuently get UTIs, it can be because a position you are using is causing too much friction on your urethra). Use lube (water-soluble) if you aren't wet enough.
5. Drink lots of water. It keeps you hydrated AND it expels bacteria.
6. Avoid frequent bubble baths.
IMPORTANT: as I am sure you all know, vaginae are self cleaning. You don't need to douche (which can lead to UTIs), they aren't dirty. But that doesn't mean you should never clean them (or around them) or they can defend against bacteria 100%, so it is important to follow the tips above.
Now I'm off to buy more cranberry juice.
Anyone have other tips on how to deal with UTIs? Stories? Did this help?