When you’re in the business of helping women find solutions to pelvic health issues, you definitely hear about Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) often.
While we are so grateful for those that trust Apele as part of the solution to their UTI treatments and overall hygiene, we realize there is a ton of education around UTIs that can be given to educate and empower women past this common pelvic problem.
Here, we break down the causes, symptoms and solutions to a UTI, in hope of getting you back to optimal health as soon as possible!
Causes: Urinary tract infections typically occur when bacteria enter the urinary tract through the urethra and begin to multiply in the bladder.
Now, your pelvic system is typically capable of cleansing itself to deter such bacteria, however, different circumstances can create the perfect storm for infection in the urinary tract.
The most common UTIs occur mainly in women and affect the bladder and urethra. With the former infection of the bladder called “cystitis”, this type of UTI is usually caused by E. coli, a type of bacteria commonly found in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
Cystitis is common simply because of the short distance from the urethra to the anus and the urethral opening to the bladder. Anatomically, bacteria can travel easily from the colon or rectum to the vaginal openings.
Urethritis is the infection of the urethra. This type of UTI can occur when GI bacteria spread from the anus to the urethra. Of course, anatomy plays a part here also because the female urethra is close to the vagina.
Meaning, sexually transmitted infections, such as herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia and mycoplasma, can cause urethritis.
Symptoms: When experiencing the above common UTIs, you may find you have some or many of the symptoms listed below. This list is not all inclusive, but it is certainly the most commonly reported.
Burning with urination.
Blood in urine.
Discharge that is heavier than normal, a different consistency or odorous.
Frequent urination that is oftentimes painful.
Pain near pelvic region and even lower back or sides (hip and waist area)
Solutions: UTIs can be as painful and as irritating as they sound. That’s why this list of possible solutions could help you with the hopeful treatment and management during your experience with one.
Of course, talk with a doctor before embarking on any of the below to ensure it may be right for your health and wellness goals.
Water. Water. More Water. Drinking water helps dilute your urine, allowing bacteria to be flushed from your urinary tract before an infection can begin as well as to help flush existing bacteria when an infection already exists.
Opt out of using potentially irritating feminine products. Using deodorant sprays or other feminine products, such as douches and powders, in the genital area can irritate the urethra.
Empty your bladder soon after intercourse. And consider abstaining from abstinence while fighting a UTI so as not to pass the infection to another as well as irritate or worsen your own condition.
Wiping from front to back can not only help with prevention but also speed up the healing process if currently dealing with an infection. This keeps any bacteria from your backside reaching the vagina and urethra.
Our bodies are incredibly resilient, but do suffer the occasional infection. Be sure to take good care of your pelvic region and to shut out with any questions around Apele panties and their ability to keep you dry, clean and odorless during a bout of bacteria. Let’s get you back to a healthy pH and fully invested into a worry-free lifestyle!