Chances are, if you’re reading this article, you either currently have a urinary tract infection and you want to get rid of it, or you’ve had one in the past and you want to find ways to avoid another one in the future.
Either way, you've come to the right place and we can offer some information to help.
First and foremost, it’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms of a UTI. If things don’t really seem right down there right now, your hunch is probably right.
Symptoms of a Urinary Tract Infection
- A strong urge to urinate
- Despite frequently feeling like you really need to go, only being able to urinate in small amounts
- A burning sensation when you urinate
- Your urine appears cloudy
- Blood in your urine
- Fowl scented urine
- Pelvic pain
If you are currently experiencing any of the above symptoms, you should contact your gynecologist so that he/she can see you immediately and treat you, if needed.
While men can get a UTI, they are most common in women. UTI’s occur when bacteria enters your urinary tract through the urethra and begin to multiply in the bladder.
Types of Urinary Tract Infections
Cystitis: This type of UTI is an infection of the bladder. It’s caused by E. coli. You can get Cystitis if you are sexually active. However, even non-sexually active women can get this type of UTI due to our anatomy. (The distance is rather short from the urethra to the anus and from the urethral opening to the bladder, for instance.)
Urethritis: This is an infection of the urethra and happens when GI bacteria spreads from the anus to the urethra (for example, if you wipe back to front.) STD’s also cause urethritis.
How to Prevent a Urinary Tract Infection
As a well-known holiday song goes “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” But is it really? If you Google ‘Holiday and Depression’, you will find a substantial number of articles dedicated to the topic.
Even on social media you’ll find discussions about stress and anxiety during the holidays to be quite pervasive. Generally, the holidays are associated with an increase in demands, in financial expenditures, family obligations and just not being able to manage expectations- Yours and others’. Hence, the onset of depression can easily occur.
But how do you know if you’re “holiday” depressed? If you find yourself dramatically overeating, excessively drinking, having insomnia or experiencing headaches, these are some of the signs that you might be suffering from stress and anxiety.
Here we provide some simple tips on how to alleviate or avoid depression altogether this holiday season.
Studies have repeatedly proven that happiness is directly related to stress. The less stress you have in your life, the happier you will be. A little bit of planning can remove a large part of the stress in your life, if not eliminate it completely. Here are some tips on how to plan for happiness:
- Set specific days for spending time with family and friends, for shopping, and other activities.
- Plan your cooking menus and then make a shopping list. That'll prevent last-minute scrambling to buy ingredients.
- Create shopping lists for holiday presents to eliminate not knowing what to get each person
Take Time For You
Even if it’s just 10 minutes out of the day,...