I love Monday mornings in the women’s change room at my gym. While we apply our makeup after class, we talk about pretty important issues, like Brazilian surgical lifts, the latest diet trend, and eliminating cellulite. Just name it and I can bet we’re talking about it.
This morning, we were talking about irritating urinary tract infections (UTI’s) that unfortunately, so many women suffer from.
If you can relate and are fed up with visiting the doctor for antibiotics, maybe it’s time to investigate the underlying issue that is causing chronic UTI’s in the first place.
Are you familiar with the medical condition termed ‘Honeymoon Cystitis’?
If not, let me give you a brief introduction.
Cystitis refers to inflammation of the bladder and is usually caused by a bacterial infection. Women are prone to cystitis after vaginal intercourse due to their anatomy. Simply put, their urethra is much shorter than men, so bacteria have a shorter distance to travel.
Back in the day, women commonly presented with cystitis following their honeymoon.
Up until that point, they were likely virgins who hadn’t had sexual intercourse before. This is how the term ‘Honeymoon Cystitis’ came to be – women were left searching for symptom relief following their honeymoon, while their husbands were sexually satisfied and off to work.
Today in modern day society, cystitis is on the rise. With cystitis being one of the most widespread medical conditions that women are faced with, let’s just say that women of the 21st century seem to always be on some kind of “honeymoon”.
Common Symptoms of Honeymoon Cystitis
- Burning and/or pain on urination
- Urgent and/or frequent urination
- Pain during intercourse
- Cloudy, bloody, and/or discoloured urine
- Foul smelling urine
- Pain and/or discomfort above the pubic bone
If you present with any of the symptoms mentioned, here’s what I suggest.
Consider taking a daily probiotic, like Ultimate Flora VS for Women:
If you are currently taking antibiotics or have been on them in the past, you have likely killed off important ‘good’ bacteria and caused an imbalance of flora in your system.
Many women aren’t aware that frequent antibiotic use can make their problem worse, but it’s true. When the bacteria in the urogenital tract is off balance, warding off invaders becomes more difficult.
An imbalance creates an ideal environment for ‘bad’ bacteria, enabling them to thrive.
You may also want to consider vaginal probiotics – although a bit messy, they can be quite effective. Don’t worry…your loose-fitting organic cotton underwear will be new again once you wash it.
Practice good hygiene following intercourse:
Ensure proper lubrication, urinate after intercourse, and be careful not to transfer bacteria from the anus to the vagina (always wipe from front to back).
Commit to a kidney detox:
This will help flush bacteria from your urinary tract and keep your urinary system healthy. Chug as much water as you possibly can while taking cleansing herbs and avoid beverages such as coffee, tea, and pop.
These beverages are not bladder friendly. Also, if you’re drinking cranberry juice to help flush your system, please read the ingredient list to ensure it is a natural source with absolutely no sugar.
Take the right supplements to support a healthy immune system:
Most herbs that boost the immune system should not be taken for long periods of time. Consider immune-supportive supplements like zinc, vitamin C, vitamin D, and garlic. Your Naturopathic Doctor will be able to make more specific recommendations based on your individual needs.
Eat more nutrient-dense foods and avoid sugar:
Stop feeding bacteria its favourite food – sugar! It’s wise to significantly reduce your intake of refined carbohydrates since starches and sugars are immune-suppressive. They can weaken your ability to fight invaders and encourage ‘bad’ bacteria to multiply.
Ruling out sexually transmitted diseases or other conditions is important, so communicate with your medical doctor openly about your symptoms and get proper testing if your symptoms persist.
Regardless of what others may be telling you, believe me, it isn’t healthy to be on antibiotics numerous times per year. Keep your immune system strong with restful sleep, a balanced diet, regular exercise, the right supplements, and reduced stress.
Cleansing your kidneys and boosting your immunity may take a few months, so be patient with your body. I’d say it’s time you address the cause, not just the symptoms.
Wouldn’t you agree?