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Constant UTI's

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 11, 2006
  • 00:54 AM

Does any one have any info or can share a personal experience about constant UTI's? Every single time I have intercourse, I develop a UTI, even abstaining from sex, I still get them, at the very least one per month, they are so bad now that they usually spread to my kidneys afer a day or two and i'm on antibotics more then I'm off them but it is only a temporary fix until the next time. I constantly drink water and urniate at least 15-20 times a day. I drink cranberry juice and take cranberry supplements daily. Nothing seems to help. The doctors dont' seem to want to tell me anything but that I must be doing something wrong. This doesn't seem normal to me, up until the last two years I never had one before and was able to be sexually active without any problems. I would love to hear if anyone has experienced the same thing and what treatment or preventation you have used. Thanks!

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  • Hello Ladies. Just wanted to offer some suggestions from my personal afflictons with UTIs, some of them you've probably heard a million times, but I had to figure it out myself because my doctors were useless. If they had their way I would be on antibiotics for life. In my experience there are three general ways I can get one---chemical related, sex related, and bacteria related. Chemical Related: I have gotten severe UTIs from body wash. It was the only possible culprit. Don't use highly perfumed products like soaps, body washes, scented or colored toilet paper and scented tampons. I don't know about scented pads, but if you use them, maybe you should stop. I would never recommend douching, scented or not. Since some mild unscented soaps sometimes don't do the job quite as well as the harsher ones, use a wash cloth if you don't already. Sex-related: First of all, a UTI is also referred to "The Honeymooners Disease" just so you know. 'Bang-Bang' sex is a sure fire way to get one--every time. Also, if it's not 'Bang-Bang', I can still get one by a fully penetrated penis that pushes in deeper. It's almost like it touches something it shouldn't and I can tell the instant it happens. It is SO important to urinate after sex, and for some women, before sex too. I've gotten them like this a lot, and this is usually one of the first thing a doctor recommends--but mine didn't. I get up within 5 minutes and come back for pillow talk. Sometimes it can take awhile, but I will sit there forever if I have to (and keep him waiting) to prevent the horror that most certainly will follow. One doctor I had prescribed an antibiotic to be taken after sex (1 pill after sex), basically as a UTI preventative. This is not a good practice since you will develop resistance and it will not help you when you get a full blown UTI. If I get caught up somehow and have hard sex or someone touches the thing, I will take a pill. Antibiotics are another issue. I refuse to take Bactrim because it doesn't seem to fully rid the problem and gives me the kind of yeast infection where you can't leave your house. The only one I will take is Macrobid because it works best for me and doesn't give me a yeast infection. This is the same one I rarely take as the 'preventative'. It is expensive if you don't have insurance but It works for me and I will fight any doctor who would rather me have Bactrim. Bacteria-related: E-coli attaching to your urethra is the other source of the problem. I probably have had only a few UTIs directly from this category. Don't get me wrong---when you don't urinate after sex, it is the bacteria that ultimately causes the problem but sex is the initiator just to be clear. Anyway, never let a man play with your butt with his penis and then play with your clitoris or penetrate your vagina. Keeping regular sex and anal sex separate goes without saying. Since some of you get them from sex, I've probably covered the reason--hard sex, too deep sex, not peeing, or bacteria from sex. But since you get them without sex too, it has to be the perfumed products or bacteria (e-coli) related. I would practice front to back wiping if you don't already. Only wear cotton panties (I know has probably been drilled in your head) but it's true for me. My butt sweats if I don't wear cotton, so cotton it is. Never sit around in a wet bathing suit, panties, shorts or whatever---same principle as cotton underwear, wet mixing with wet. I think it's good that your drinking cranberry juice as long as it's from the health-food store. Anything like OceanSpray doesn't count because it's all sugar , which is definitely hurting more than helping. Since you've been on antibiotics on and of for so long, you need to get on some acidophilus to get good bacteria back into your female parts to maintain the health of them. The kicker is they won't help until your off antibiotics for a minute because it kills the good guys too. Get it from the refridgerator section of the health food store. Get a brand that has Bifidus in it too and one that states the active ingredients per capsule, something like 5 billlion acidophilus, 4.5 billion bifidus, etc...These are probiotics, which are good for you in other ways too. I think I've covered everything and if not I'll post again. I hope I've offered something you can use because I know the agony of chronis UTIs. These days, I get about one per year, down from every shower and every sexual encounter (for one reason or another). Good Luck and keep looking for solutions if I didn't help.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 21, 2006
    • 00:35 AM
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  • I feel your pain. I also have several UTI's a year (4-5)...I know have a 16 year old daughter that has been having them every month for the past 5 months either during or right after her period, they have done ultra sounds, IVP and have said that there is nothing anatomically wrong and that some women are just prone to get them. Bactrim doesn't even touch her symptoms. So far Macrobid has been helping. I've given her the low down on wiping properly, drinking more water, less soda, stop wearing of thong underwear, and we started taking a daily cranberry pill. I hate the fact that she is just a teenager and she is starting this painful problem. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping it gets better for her. Any advice would be helpful.Thank youbeachbound@cfl.rr.com
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    • December 13, 2006
    • 01:03 AM
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  • Hi!I have had three UTI's in the past year after a lifetime of never having one. And, all the symptoms were so mild that i didn't know I had one until it caused a kidney infection. I took cipro for the first two and they went away and i felt fine. This last one started a month ago and it seems like it never completely went away. I took Bactrim for 10 days and still felt terrible, so I then went on Cipro for 10 days. I felt mostly better after that, but i went anyway and spent a whole day at the medical center taking tests. I had a full stomach/pelvic/back ultrasound, a cystoscopy - which was ridiculously painful, a blood test - which they said showed no infection and a urine test which was "inconclusive". they said they couldn't find anything wrong except a tiny "normal" cyst on my kidney which could possibly be causing the little bit of pain i now feel intermittently in my side. but in the last week or so, i have developed MAJOR bladder discomfort that seems to be getting worse by the day. and i feel perfectly fine otherwise. I just feel real discomfort and soreness in my pelvic area & twinges of urgency all day long. IT is sooo uncomfortable i want to scream or wear diapers. (although i have no incontinence) And, it definitely feels worst when i am sitting up at my desk all day. i just moved to a new state and can't afford to miss any work with my new temp job, or see a doctor without insurance. so, three days ago i decided to start taking a refill of cipro that i had, and my bladder symptoms are getting worse, not better. I don't know what to do... An emergency room doctor that i saw for the first kidney infection once told me that the symptoms could get worse before they get better, but i'm starting to get worried. I have changed all of my habits and i don't even know if I have a UTI this time or if it is something completely different. but they found nothing with all those tests... any ideas or similar stories??
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  • Hi!I have had three UTI's in the past year after a lifetime of never having one. And, all the symptoms were so mild that i didn't know I had one until it caused a kidney infection. I took cipro for the first two and they went away and i felt fine. This last one started a month ago and it seems like it never completely went away. I took Bactrim for 10 days and still felt terrible, so I then went on Cipro for 10 days. I felt mostly better after that, but i went anyway and spent a whole day at the medical center taking tests. I had a full stomach/pelvic/back ultrasound, a cystoscopy - which was ridiculously painful, a blood test - which they said showed no infection and a urine culture which was "inconclusive". they said they couldn't find anything wrong except a tiny "normal" cyst on my kidney which could possibly be causing the little bit of pain i now feel intermittently in my side. but in the last week or so, i have developed MAJOR bladder discomfort that seems to be getting worse by the day. and i feel perfectly fine otherwise. I just feel real discomfort and soreness in my pelvic area & twinges of urgency all day long. IT is sooo uncomfortable i want to scream or wear diapers. (although i have no incontinence) And, it definitely feels worst when i am sitting up at my desk all day. i just moved to a new state and can't afford to miss any work with my new temp job, or see a doctor without insurance. so, three days ago i decided to start taking a refill of cipro that i had, and my bladder symptoms are getting worse, not better. I don't know what to do... An emergency room doctor that i saw for the first kidney infection told me that the symptoms could get worse before they get better, but this is really uncomfortable. I have changed all of my habits and i don't even know if I have a UTI this time, but they found nothing wrong with me with all those tests... any ideas or similar stories??
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  • I have "suffered" and "lived with" this problem my whole life (from the age of 23 when I got married --> they called it honeymoon cystisis to now at the age of 49). Like yourself, if I have sex where there's strenuous pushing into and against my bladder, within DAYS, I have an infection. It has affected me to the point where I stayed away from relationships because of this problem. I enjoy sex but if it's constant friction with someone who is medium size and it lasts a long time, I WILL get an infection. At one point I would take an antibiotic before I had sex and after. I tried the herb route, no go. If I'm with someone that doesn't last long I sometimes get away without getting one. These are partners, not just once/twice. It has caused many problems and right now I'm in a relationship with someone whom this has happened twice now. Back on Bactrim, then monixidol (spelling) for vaginal infection, iodine to filter urine thru the bladder and seize some of the contractions... I read the internet about a vaccine they're testing called "vaginal mucosal vaccine" and it's in clinical trial (not sure when it will be available but I'll be the first one in line). This is a serious problem for myself and others that have non-stop infections. The only way I get it is from strenuous sex (constant thrusting), otherwise it doesn't seem to affect me as bad.If someone has a cure or know of what the status of this vaccine is, I would really appreciate it.. /Mep
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  • Hello Ladies. Just wanted to offer some suggestions from my personal afflictons with UTIs, some of them you've probably heard a million times, but I had to figure it out myself because my doctors were useless. If they had their way I would be on antibiotics for life. In my experience there are three general ways I can get one---chemical related, sex related, and bacteria related. Chemical Related: I have gotten severe UTIs from body wash. It was the only possible culprit. Don't use highly perfumed products like soaps, body washes, scented or colored toilet paper and scented tampons. I don't know about scented pads, but if you use them, maybe you should stop. I would never recommend douching, scented or not. Since some mild unscented soaps sometimes don't do the job quite as well as the harsher ones, use a wash cloth if you don't already. Sex-related: First of all, a UTI is also referred to "The Honeymooners Disease" just so you know. 'Bang-Bang' sex is a sure fire way to get one--every time. Also, if it's not 'Bang-Bang', I can still get one by a fully penetrated penis that pushes in deeper. It's almost like it touches something it shouldn't and I can tell the instant it happens. It is SO important to urinate after sex, and for some women, before sex too. I've gotten them like this a lot, and this is usually one of the first thing a doctor recommends--but mine didn't. I get up within 5 minutes and come back for pillow talk. Sometimes it can take awhile, but I will sit there forever if I have to (and keep him waiting) to prevent the horror that most certainly will follow. One doctor I had prescribed an antibiotic to be taken after sex (1 pill after sex), basically as a UTI preventative. This is not a good practice since you will develop resistance and it will not help you when you get a full blown UTI. If I get caught up somehow and have hard sex or someone touches the thing, I will take a pill. Antibiotics are another issue. I refuse to take Bactrim because it doesn't seem to fully rid the problem and gives me the kind of yeast infection where you can't leave your house. The only one I will take is Macrobid because it works best for me and doesn't give me a yeast infection. This is the same one I rarely take as the 'preventative'. It is expensive if you don't have insurance but It works for me and I will fight any doctor who would rather me have Bactrim. Bacteria-related: E-coli attaching to your urethra is the other source of the problem. I probably have had only a few UTIs directly from this category. Don't get me wrong---when you don't urinate after sex, it is the bacteria that ultimately causes the problem but sex is the initiator just to be clear. Anyway, never let a man play with your butt with his penis and then play with your clitoris or penetrate your vagina. Keeping regular sex and anal sex separate goes without saying. Since some of you get them from sex, I've probably covered the reason--hard sex, too deep sex, not peeing, or bacteria from sex. But since you get them without sex too, it has to be the perfumed products or bacteria (e-coli) related. I would practice front to back wiping if you don't already. Only wear cotton panties (I know has probably been drilled in your head) but it's true for me. My butt sweats if I don't wear cotton, so cotton it is. Never sit around in a wet bathing suit, panties, shorts or whatever---same principle as cotton underwear, wet mixing with wet. I think it's good that your drinking cranberry juice as long as it's from the health-food store. Anything like OceanSpray doesn't count because it's all sugar , which is definitely hurting more than helping. Since you've been on antibiotics on and of for so long, you need to get on some acidophilus to get good bacteria back into your female parts to maintain the health of them. The kicker is they won't help until your off antibiotics for a minute because it kills the good guys too. Get it from the refridgerator section of the health food store. Get a brand that has Bifidus in it too and one that states the active ingredients per capsule, something like 5 billlion acidophilus, 4.5 billion bifidus, etc...These are probiotics, which are good for you in other ways too. I think I've covered everything and if not I'll post again. I hope I've offered something you can use because I know the agony of chronis UTIs. These days, I get about one per year, down from every shower and every sexual encounter (for one reason or another). Good Luck and keep looking for solutions if I didn't help.OMG!!!! You dont know how helpful you were to me!!! I kept opening my mouth while I was reading it all because I am going through the SAME EXACT thing, and now I know what to watch out for!!! From the sex thing, to what soap you use down there is so true!!! Thank you soooo much and I will save this to my favorites on my computer!!Sincerely,Jennifer
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 13, 2007
    • 06:56 PM
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  • Thank you for the straightforward and informative UTI advice. I am one of lucky ones who don't suffer from this but I work at a nursing home where quite a few residents get UTIs. Theirs is bacteria related from being incontinent or from not wiping properly (front to back). Hello Ladies. Just wanted to offer some suggestions from my personal afflictons with UTIs, some of them you've probably heard a million times, but I had to figure it out myself because my doctors were useless. If they had their way I would be on antibiotics for life. In my experience there are three general ways I can get one---chemical related, sex related, and bacteria related. Chemical Related: I have gotten severe UTIs from body wash. It was the only possible culprit. Don't use highly perfumed products like soaps, body washes, scented or colored toilet paper and scented tampons. I don't know about scented pads, but if you use them, maybe you should stop. I would never recommend douching, scented or not. Since some mild unscented soaps sometimes don't do the job quite as well as the harsher ones, use a wash cloth if you don't already. Sex-related: First of all, a UTI is also referred to "The Honeymooners Disease" just so you know. 'Bang-Bang' sex is a sure fire way to get one--every time. Also, if it's not 'Bang-Bang', I can still get one by a fully penetrated penis that pushes in deeper. It's almost like it touches something it shouldn't and I can tell the instant it happens. It is SO important to urinate after sex, and for some women, before sex too. I've gotten them like this a lot, and this is usually one of the first thing a doctor recommends--but mine didn't. I get up within 5 minutes and come back for pillow talk. Sometimes it can take awhile, but I will sit there forever if I have to (and keep him waiting) to prevent the horror that most certainly will follow. One doctor I had prescribed an antibiotic to be taken after sex (1 pill after sex), basically as a UTI preventative. This is not a good practice since you will develop resistance and it will not help you when you get a full blown UTI. If I get caught up somehow and have hard sex or someone touches the thing, I will take a pill. Antibiotics are another issue. I refuse to take Bactrim because it doesn't seem to fully rid the problem and gives me the kind of yeast infection where you can't leave your house. The only one I will take is Macrobid because it works best for me and doesn't give me a yeast infection. This is the same one I rarely take as the 'preventative'. It is expensive if you don't have insurance but It works for me and I will fight any doctor who would rather me have Bactrim. Bacteria-related: E-coli attaching to your urethra is the other source of the problem. I probably have had only a few UTIs directly from this category. Don't get me wrong---when you don't urinate after sex, it is the bacteria that ultimately causes the problem but sex is the initiator just to be clear. Anyway, never let a man play with your butt with his penis and then play with your clitoris or penetrate your vagina. Keeping regular sex and anal sex separate goes without saying. Since some of you get them from sex, I've probably covered the reason--hard sex, too deep sex, not peeing, or bacteria from sex. But since you get them without sex too, it has to be the perfumed products or bacteria (e-coli) related. I would practice front to back wiping if you don't already. Only wear cotton panties (I know has probably been drilled in your head) but it's true for me. My butt sweats if I don't wear cotton, so cotton it is. Never sit around in a wet bathing suit, panties, shorts or whatever---same principle as cotton underwear, wet mixing with wet. I think it's good that your drinking cranberry juice as long as it's from the health-food store. Anything like OceanSpray doesn't count because it's all sugar , which is definitely hurting more than helping. Since you've been on antibiotics on and of for so long, you need to get on some acidophilus to get good bacteria back into your female parts to maintain the health of them. The kicker is they won't help until your off antibiotics for a minute because it kills the good guys too. Get it from the refridgerator section of the health food store. Get a brand that has Bifidus in it too and one that states the active ingredients per capsule, something like 5 billlion acidophilus, 4.5 billion bifidus, etc...These are probiotics, which are good for you in other ways too. I think I've covered everything and if not I'll post again. I hope I've offered something you can use because I know the agony of chronis UTIs. These days, I get about one per year, down from every shower and every sexual encounter (for one reason or another). Good Luck and keep looking for solutions if I didn't help.
    birdie 40 Replies
    • December 14, 2007
    • 03:37 PM
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  • Hello Ladies. Just wanted to offer some suggestions from my personal afflictons with UTIs, some of them you've probably heard a million times, but I had to figure it out myself because my doctors were useless. If they had their way I would be on antibiotics for life. In my experience there are three general ways I can get one---chemical related, sex related, and bacteria related. Chemical Related: I have gotten severe UTIs from body wash. It was the only possible culprit. Don't use highly perfumed products like soaps, body washes, scented or colored toilet paper and scented tampons. I don't know about scented pads, but if you use them, maybe you should stop. I would never recommend douching, scented or not. Since some mild unscented soaps sometimes don't do the job quite as well as the harsher ones, use a wash cloth if you don't already. Sex-related: First of all, a UTI is also referred to "The Honeymooners Disease" just so you know. 'Bang-Bang' sex is a sure fire way to get one--every time. Also, if it's not 'Bang-Bang', I can still get one by a fully penetrated penis that pushes in deeper. It's almost like it touches something it shouldn't and I can tell the instant it happens. It is SO important to urinate after sex, and for some women, before sex too. I've gotten them like this a lot, and this is usually one of the first thing a doctor recommends--but mine didn't. I get up within 5 minutes and come back for pillow talk. Sometimes it can take awhile, but I will sit there forever if I have to (and keep him waiting) to prevent the horror that most certainly will follow. One doctor I had prescribed an antibiotic to be taken after sex (1 pill after sex), basically as a UTI preventative. This is not a good practice since you will develop resistance and it will not help you when you get a full blown UTI. If I get caught up somehow and have hard sex or someone touches the thing, I will take a pill. Antibiotics are another issue. I refuse to take Bactrim because it doesn't seem to fully rid the problem and gives me the kind of yeast infection where you can't leave your house. The only one I will take is Macrobid because it works best for me and doesn't give me a yeast infection. This is the same one I rarely take as the 'preventative'. It is expensive if you don't have insurance but It works for me and I will fight any doctor who would rather me have Bactrim. Bacteria-related: E-coli attaching to your urethra is the other source of the problem. I probably have had only a few UTIs directly from this category. Don't get me wrong---when you don't urinate after sex, it is the bacteria that ultimately causes the problem but sex is the initiator just to be clear. Anyway, never let a man play with your butt with his penis and then play with your clitoris or penetrate your vagina. Keeping regular sex and anal sex separate goes without saying. Since some of you get them from sex, I've probably covered the reason--hard sex, too deep sex, not peeing, or bacteria from sex. But since you get them without sex too, it has to be the perfumed products or bacteria (e-coli) related. I would practice front to back wiping if you don't already. Only wear cotton panties (I know has probably been drilled in your head) but it's true for me. My butt sweats if I don't wear cotton, so cotton it is. Never sit around in a wet bathing suit, panties, shorts or whatever---same principle as cotton underwear, wet mixing with wet. I think it's good that your drinking cranberry juice as long as it's from the health-food store. Anything like OceanSpray doesn't count because it's all sugar , which is definitely hurting more than helping. Since you've been on antibiotics on and of for so long, you need to get on some acidophilus to get good bacteria back into your female parts to maintain the health of them. The kicker is they won't help until your off antibiotics for a minute because it kills the good guys too. Get it from the refridgerator section of the health food store. Get a brand that has Bifidus in it too and one that states the active ingredients per capsule, something like 5 billlion acidophilus, 4.5 billion bifidus, etc...These are probiotics, which are good for you in other ways too. I think I've covered everything and if not I'll post again. I hope I've offered something you can use because I know the agony of chronis UTIs. These days, I get about one per year, down from every shower and every sexual encounter (for one reason or another). Good Luck and keep looking for solutions if I didn't help.So I know i'm quite late on this topic, but for 3 years I too have suffered from recurremt UTI's. At least 4-6 a month. And they will last anywhere from an hour to 5 days. I am on my second doctor, and he told me i have painful ballder syndrome/ irritated bladder symdrom, but i say he's full of it. After researching, this has nothing to do with me. My fosrt uroogist said " i think your fine.".. excuse me? Your post really did give me some new insight that i havent really considered, and it definelty sheds light on my pain to know im not the only one. Thank girls.
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  • I have the same problem. I was sexually active for two years before the constant UTI's started. Doctors put me on doses of bactrim and cipro to clear up infections. Finally I was sent to a urologist who put me on macrobid for a month, which was suppossed to "fix" the problem. After a month, the UTI seemed to have gone away, but 2 weeks later it was back.I called the urologist and asked to schedule an appointment only to be told there was a 2 month waiting period which infuriated me because I had a UTI right then and there, and the doctor had assured me that I could just call if anything flared up again. Then the nurse on the phone ran through the list of what not to dos to prevent a UTI, which made me want to cry because I do everything right and its not my fault this keeps happening.Furious and frustrated, I went back to my doctor and told her what had happened. She put me on another round of bactrim and referred me to a new urologist.This urologist sent me for another round of tests and diagnosed me as just being prone to these infections and said they are common in woman. She prescribed Bactrim DS and told me to take one pill every time after intercourse with a full glass of water.I have been UTI free for a year now. Then last week, I got a UTI again. Since my last diagnosis, I've moved and no longer have the same doctors. So I had to go through my entire history with new doctor, who prescribed me bactrin for 5 days, then start the regular ony after intercourse regiment. I felt really good up until day 5, and now it flared up again so now I'm really frustrated. I'm going to put myself on another 5 day dose and see what happens. If not, it'll be back to the doc's.So yes, feel your pain....but I've been assured by many professionals that this is just a problem many women are prone to.
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  • This thread is exactly what I'm going through. I never had a UTI in my life until 9 months ago and now I've had 1-2 a month with being constantly on antibiotics (Cipro seems to work the best and I've nicely that my body does NOT like Bactrim at all...so I always get cipro) however I'll feel better at most for a week and then BAM I get another UTI. I've modified my diet, I drink ONLY water, take cranberry pills, I'm on a Macrobid daily, I take at least 1000mg of Vit C daily, uses non-fragrant soaps, wipe front to back, void before and after sex and pretty much all frickin day long, and I STILL get UTI's. I've been in and out of the drs constantly...CT scans, urinalysis (cultures always come back negative and sometimes there's nitrates and sometimes there's not), I was tested for IC (interstitial cystitis), STD's, etc. everything comes back perfectly fine...although you know it's not. I go back on the 1/5 to speak with my dr yet again about more tests which I've been told up next is a cystoscope. I am not looking forward to it...but whatever can get rid of these evil UTI's I don't care. Before 9 months ago I didn't so much as take an aspirin...now I'm on all sorts of meds it seems trying to get rid of this evil ailment. My poor husband and I have only had sex maybe once per month because of this too! I saw an accupuncturist but it did nothing either. I went 3x and I felt worse...which could have been just a poor coincidence...but I still opted to stop seeing her. Soooooo I am going to try D-Mannose and any of the other things I've read on here...anything is worth a shot right? I mean, I already feel like crap and haven't lived my life in the past 9 months...may as well try anything. If I discover something works....I'll be back to let you know! :) Not that I'm glad any of you are suffering...but I am glad to know I'm not alone. Everyone acts like you're crazy or a hypochondriac and I KNOW I'm not imagining this!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 31, 2008
    • 09:30 PM
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  • I definitely understand how everyone feels - I have been seen for recurring/constant UTIs for the past 6 months. I have had at least 5 in that time, been on Cipro, Bactrim, Septra, and nothing seems to work. Now I am trying D-Mannose and cranberry pills. I recently had a doctor prescribe "low grade antibiotics" for the next 3 months. I am a little worried that, if I take it, the medicine will lower the effectiveness of my birth control. My boyfriend and I don't want to get pregnant right now and condoms tend to irritate my skin. Has anyone been on long-term antibiotics and, if so, has it effected your birth control?
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  • It's comforting to know many people suffer from this. I thought i was the only one! I have been dealing with uti's for 6 years now on and off. I have realized there is a connection with sex and my Uti's. I do everything right but still get them! I wipe front to back, pee before and after sex. Always make sure me and my bf are clean before we have sex to prevent Uti's from bacteria, i drink lots of water, wear cotton underwear only, drink 100% cranberry juice and take cranberry pills. I have also took a couple of tests to see if there were any underlying culprits but that came out ok. I am so frustrated and in pain ALL the time. Now when i get an infection it comes with a vengeance.. pyridium doesnt even work for my anymore to ease the pain until antibiotics kick in. Bactrim is one of the few antibiotics im not resistant too but it gives me a horrible yeast infection. Thanks for the insight on using a water based lubrication and and taking acidophilis. Any other suggestion would help because obviously my dr cant.
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    • January 27, 2010
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  • Hello Ladies. Just wanted to offer some suggestions from my personal afflictons with UTIs, some of them you've probably heard a million times, but I had to figure it out myself because my doctors were useless. If they had their way I would be on antibiotics for life. In my experience there are three general ways I can get one---chemical related, sex related, and bacteria related. Chemical Related: I have gotten severe UTIs from body wash. It was the only possible culprit. Don't use highly perfumed products like soaps, body washes, scented or colored toilet paper and scented tampons. I don't know about scented pads, but if you use them, maybe you should stop. I would never recommend douching, scented or not. Since some mild unscented soaps sometimes don't do the job quite as well as the harsher ones, use a wash cloth if you don't already. Sex-related: First of all, a UTI is also referred to "The Honeymooners Disease" just so you know. 'Bang-Bang' sex is a sure fire way to get one--every time. Also, if it's not 'Bang-Bang', I can still get one by a fully penetrated penis that pushes in deeper. It's almost like it touches something it shouldn't and I can tell the instant it happens. It is SO important to urinate after sex, and for some women, before sex too. I've gotten them like this a lot, and this is usually one of the first thing a doctor recommends--but mine didn't. I get up within 5 minutes and come back for pillow talk. Sometimes it can take awhile, but I will sit there forever if I have to (and keep him waiting) to prevent the horror that most certainly will follow. One doctor I had prescribed an antibiotic to be taken after sex (1 pill after sex), basically as a UTI preventative. This is not a good practice since you will develop resistance and it will not help you when you get a full blown UTI. If I get caught up somehow and have hard sex or someone touches the thing, I will take a pill. Antibiotics are another issue. I refuse to take Bactrim because it doesn't seem to fully rid the problem and gives me the kind of yeast infection where you can't leave your house. The only one I will take is Macrobid because it works best for me and doesn't give me a yeast infection. This is the same one I rarely take as the 'preventative'. It is expensive if you don't have insurance but It works for me and I will fight any doctor who would rather me have Bactrim. Bacteria-related: E-coli attaching to your urethra is the other source of the problem. I probably have had only a few UTIs directly from this category. Don't get me wrong---when you don't urinate after sex, it is the bacteria that ultimately causes the problem but sex is the initiator just to be clear. Anyway, never let a man play with your butt with his penis and then play with your clitoris or penetrate your vagina. Keeping regular sex and anal sex separate goes without saying. Since some of you get them from sex, I've probably covered the reason--hard sex, too deep sex, not peeing, or bacteria from sex. But since you get them without sex too, it has to be the perfumed products or bacteria (e-coli) related. I would practice front to back wiping if you don't already. Only wear cotton panties (I know has probably been drilled in your head) but it's true for me. My butt sweats if I don't wear cotton, so cotton it is. Never sit around in a wet bathing suit, panties, shorts or whatever---same principle as cotton underwear, wet mixing with wet. I think it's good that your drinking cranberry juice as long as it's from the health-food store. Anything like OceanSpray doesn't count because it's all sugar , which is definitely hurting more than helping. Since you've been on antibiotics on and of for so long, you need to get on some acidophilus to get good bacteria back into your female parts to maintain the health of them. The kicker is they won't help until your off antibiotics for a minute because it kills the good guys too. Get it from the refridgerator section of the health food store. Get a brand that has Bifidus in it too and one that states the active ingredients per capsule, something like 5 billlion acidophilus, 4.5 billion bifidus, etc...These are probiotics, which are good for you in other ways too. I think I've covered everything and if not I'll post again. I hope I've offered something you can use because I know the agony of chronis UTIs. These days, I get about one per year, down from every shower and every sexual encounter (for one reason or another). Good Luck and keep looking for solutions if I didn't help.can u name some products of acidophilus? i used to be on antibiotics for a long time on and off like for 2 years atleast..... 6 months back i started prefering to treat myself naturally through its source and other precautionary measures... but i didnt know that the damage done by antibiotics cant be repaired only by stop taking them.Please tell some products if thats the case...... i just got another uti bcz of probably not using toilet paper after wash to dry myselfthanks for such a great information
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  • Hello Ladies. Just wanted to offer some suggestions from my personal afflictons with UTIs, some of them you've probably heard a million times, but I had to figure it out myself because my doctors were useless. If they had their way I would be on antibiotics for life. In my experience there are three general ways I can get one---chemical related, sex related, and bacteria related. Chemical Related: I have gotten severe UTIs from body wash. It was the only possible culprit. Don't use highly perfumed products like soaps, body washes, scented or colored toilet paper and scented tampons. I don't know about scented pads, but if you use them, maybe you should stop. I would never recommend douching, scented or not. Since some mild unscented soaps sometimes don't do the job quite as well as the harsher ones, use a wash cloth if you don't already. Sex-related: First of all, a UTI is also referred to "The Honeymooners Disease" just so you know. 'Bang-Bang' sex is a sure fire way to get one--every time. Also, if it's not 'Bang-Bang', I can still get one by a fully penetrated penis that pushes in deeper. It's almost like it touches something it shouldn't and I can tell the instant it happens. It is SO important to urinate after sex, and for some women, before sex too. I've gotten them like this a lot, and this is usually one of the first thing a doctor recommends--but mine didn't. I get up within 5 minutes and come back for pillow talk. Sometimes it can take awhile, but I will sit there forever if I have to (and keep him waiting) to prevent the horror that most certainly will follow. One doctor I had prescribed an antibiotic to be taken after sex (1 pill after sex), basically as a UTI preventative. This is not a good practice since you will develop resistance and it will not help you when you get a full blown UTI. If I get caught up somehow and have hard sex or someone touches the thing, I will take a pill. Antibiotics are another issue. I refuse to take Bactrim because it doesn't seem to fully rid the problem and gives me the kind of yeast infection where you can't leave your house. The only one I will take is Macrobid because it works best for me and doesn't give me a yeast infection. This is the same one I rarely take as the 'preventative'. It is expensive if you don't have insurance but It works for me and I will fight any doctor who would rather me have Bactrim. Bacteria-related: E-coli attaching to your urethra is the other source of the problem. I probably have had only a few UTIs directly from this category. Don't get me wrong---when you don't urinate after sex, it is the bacteria that ultimately causes the problem but sex is the initiator just to be clear. Anyway, never let a man play with your butt with his penis and then play with your clitoris or penetrate your vagina. Keeping regular sex and anal sex separate goes without saying. Since some of you get them from sex, I've probably covered the reason--hard sex, too deep sex, not peeing, or bacteria from sex. But since you get them without sex too, it has to be the perfumed products or bacteria (e-coli) related. I would practice front to back wiping if you don't already. Only wear cotton panties (I know has probably been drilled in your head) but it's true for me. My butt sweats if I don't wear cotton, so cotton it is. Never sit around in a wet bathing suit, panties, shorts or whatever---same principle as cotton underwear, wet mixing with wet. I think it's good that your drinking cranberry juice as long as it's from the health-food store. Anything like OceanSpray doesn't count because it's all sugar , which is definitely hurting more than helping. Since you've been on antibiotics on and of for so long, you need to get on some acidophilus to get good bacteria back into your female parts to maintain the health of them. The kicker is they won't help until your off antibiotics for a minute because it kills the good guys too. Get it from the refridgerator section of the health food store. Get a brand that has Bifidus in it too and one that states the active ingredients per capsule, something like 5 billlion acidophilus, 4.5 billion bifidus, etc...These are probiotics, which are good for you in other ways too. I think I've covered everything and if not I'll post again. I hope I've offered something you can use because I know the agony of chronis UTIs. These days, I get about one per year, down from every shower and every sexual encounter (for one reason or another). Good Luck and keep looking for solutions if I didn't help.You have captured everything perfectly!!! I have suffered from IC for 39 years. I was in remission from the age of 25 until just recently when high level stress kicked me out of remission. It sounds like you could possibly have IC or PBS (Intracystal Cystitis or Painful Bladder Syndrom) however following the above-mentioned certainly helps for sure. Good luck.
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