Urinary Tract Infections: Why So Common?
The sudden urgency. The painful
burning while emptying the bladder. And heaven forbid intercourse!
This is the emotional roller coaster of the female Urinary Tract
Infection (UTI) – the most frequent women’s
medical complaint after flu. Urinary tract infections are
also called bladder infections or “cystitis”.
An estimated 60% of all women worldwide (11% in the U.S. alone),
as compared with only 2% of men know what urinary tract infections
feel like. Once a UTI attacks, more than one-third of its victims
are likely to experience another within a year, some later, and
for a certain percentage it becomes chronic due to factors discussed
below under “Symptomatic Urinary Tract Infections”.
To compound this discomfort for
women, urinary tract infections are usually followed by horribly
itchy vaginal yeast infections caused by antibiotics given for UTI’s.
This is because of ineffective or incomplete treatment the first
time around, or assuming that the UTI itself was the cause of this
Urinary Tract Infections
are often not just Urinary Tract Infections!
Treating a urinary tract infection
as its own root cause without seeking possible underlying reasons
is a medical error. The “no questions asked” policy
about a woman’s lifestyle eliminates clues as to how she got
the infection and increases the chances of repeat UTI’s.
This leads to over-prescribing
antibiotics which may or may not work on the specific bacteria of
a urinary tract infection, or may have been unnecessary at all!
Many women don’t know enough about UTI’s to volunteer
more information. So we’ve divided the reasons for UTI’s
into two categories:
First-Source UTI – First
urinary tract infection from a single source.
Symptomatic UTI – Recurring urinary tract infection from an
ongoing source or additional health condition.
1. Common Reasons for First-Source
Urinary Tract Infections:
If not treated properly, this first-source
UTI can turn into future symptomatic UTI’s.
- “Honeymoon UTI” – First
time and frequent intercourse during honeymoon; very active
sex life; or sex after long times without. The male organ rubs
against the bladder walls and can be highly irritating to tissues,
- Diaphragm used for birth control –
The rim of the diaphragm can scrape the bladder neck, once again
- The sexually transmitted disease “Chlamydia”.
- Allergy to a lubricant, spermicide, or feminine
- Bacteria from soaking in hot tubs or bubble
- Fecal waste with E. coli bacteria travels
into the urethra or vagina.
2. Common Reasons for Symptomatic
Urinary Tract Infections:
Learn how to prevent and resolve UTI’s
- Lowered immune system from chemotherapy or
systemic disease like HIV/AIDS, Lupus, Diabetes.
- Continual use of the spermicidal ingredient
nonoxynol-9 in sponges and diaphragm gel is famous for causing
- Not urinating or washing well before and
after sex. Both should be done each time.
- Previous incorrect antibiotic treatment,
or unfinished antibiotics because the woman felt better. Either
causes bacteria to become resistant and resilient. See our interesting
case study: “Sandra’s
Story: The Frustrating Cycle of UTI’s, Yeast Infections
- High intestinal yeast content, generally
an overgrowth of the “bad” bacteria, candida albicans.
This yeast overgrowth could have started from the death of good
stomach bacteria during antibiotic dosage. Because the good
intestinal bacteria are gone, the woman is not protected from
Go to VÄXA’s article: “Women’s
Urinary Tract Infections: Stop the Suffering!”