I want to start off by saying that I am not a Doctor. Everything that you are about to read in this article is just my personal experience. My goal with this website is to provide you with information that may help you overcome your chronic UTI (urinary tract infection) and live a happier life.
My adventure with urinary track infections started when I first met my husband. After our first intimate encounter, I started having the worst UTI / UTI pains of my life. When it first started happening, I didn’t think much about it. I have had UTI’s before and I simply went to the doctor to get some antibiotics. After several rounds of antibiotics that only held a temporarily fix, I went to get a comprehensive panel of STD tests done. All of which came back negative.
I tried the typical home remedies that are suppose to clear UTI’s like cranberry juice, wiping front to back, etc and still nothing seemed to be working. 2 years later, I finally got sick of the pain and went to see a urologist. I needed answers.
The day of my appointment, I was so excited. I explained my history to the Doctor as I have below.
- Constant urge to pee
- Constant urinary burning (it felt like I was peeing acid)
- Blood in Urine
My only relief was when I was sitting on the toilet… I even starting bringing my laptop to the bathroom with me so I could be somewhat productive while dealing with the pain.
Here are the things that I tried with no avail.
- Loads of cranberry juice and cranberry tablets
- Wipe front to back
- Stopped taking baths
- Stopped drinking everything except water and coffee
- Started changing my underwear mid day
- Peed After Sex
- Ritualistic Sex – by this I mean my husband and I stopped any and everything that may touch my urethra.
- Took Urinary Muscle Relaxers (Urologist prescribed)
- Ibuprofen – Gave me some relief
- Hot Baths -Gave me some relief after I realized that baths were not my issue
I feel like I tried everything…
The urologist decided to give me a catheter in order to get a better idea of what was going on inside my bladder that could be causing the constant pain.
*Let me just say this: If you are having any kind of urethra inflammation, say no to a catheter. That was the worst pain I have ever experienced in my life and I have given birth!
When my results came back from that test, the Doctor was still puzzled at what my issue could be and ended up prescribing me a urethra muscle relaxant. (Looking back now, she probably just game me some placebos and sent me home.) I took those for several months before determining they also were not working. Back to square one..
I felt alone. My husband didn’t understand my troubles and it was negatively effecting my marriage because I didn’t want to have sex. Even when we did have sex, it felt more like a chore because I had established all of these rituals in effort to keep my urethra out of the mix.
What Finally Worked
During another flareup I went back to the internet looking for old wives tales that I haven’t tried yet (I mean, I have a ton of “free” time while sitting on the toilet waiting for the pain to subside).
After hours of scouring the internet, I finally stumbled on a forum where a lady described how D-Mannose worked for her. I figured “why not” and drove down to my local vitamin shop and picked up a bottle. According to NOW Foods website, D-mannose is a naturally occurring simple sugar that your body utilizes to help cleanse the urinary tract and maintain a healthy bladder lining.
D-mannose is a naturally occurring simple sugar that your body utilizes to help cleanse the urinary tract and maintain a healthy bladder lining.
And people say sugar is bad… 😉
Ever since that day, I have not experienced any kind of UTI pain. My husband and I have been able to go back to a normal intimate life and I spend a lot less time sitting on the toilet.
You can buy D-Mannose at your local vitamin shop or from Amazon. I have provided my affiliate links above in order to help keep this site alive so more women can find answers to their chronic urinary tract infections without years of searching through endless forums. I hope this works for you as it has me.
Good Luck and Best Wishes!