Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) occur generally when bacteria from the colon gets into the urinary tract and starts to breed, irritating the lining of the urethra and causing inflammation. UTIs cause burning, stinging, and the urge to urinate, despite not much urine coming out. The burn and urge to urinate a lot comes from your acidic urine hitting your inflamed flesh, triggering the unpleasant and painful symptoms.
Treating a UTI at home is relatively easy, but you’ll usually have to persist and get the hang of it after a couple of times. Learning how to do this is invaluable, since frequent UTIs mean frequent visits to the doctor (which costs money) to get antibiotics (which cost you your good bacteria). There are plenty of great options, which we detail here.
Obviously if things feel like they are going haywire – severe pain, fever, kidney pain or blood in your urine, please go to your local emergency room or doctor. You will likely need antibiotics and checks to make sure you don’t have a kidney issue.
We look at what your doctor is looking for when they do a wet mount in their office – ask them what they can see!
We review some key elements to keep your vagina safe from infections.
E. faecium is a bacteria that can contribute to or cause vaginal or urinary tract infections.
Easy reference table for determining your vaginal infection.
We examine the antimicrobial properties of colloidal silver and discuss the possible efficacy of colloidal silver in vulvovaginal infections.
Instructions on making vaginal or rectal suppositories and pessaries.
An old study examines gentian violet’s antimicrobial properties against Gram-negative bacteria.
Gentian violet can be used as a treatment for some vaginal infections. Messy, but great!
Learn about Betadine vaginal applications.
An overview of the use of povidone-iodine (Betadine) vaginally.
Find out what to ask for when you go to the doctor to get tested for BV.
How to deal with an antibiotic-driven yeast infection.
We run you through aerobic vaginitis – different to, but usually mistaken for, BV, with yellow, thick discharge, itching and inflammation.
Proteus infection ranges from a simple UTI to sepsis, and requires immediate, thorough treatment.
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Ever wondered why you can’t figure out how to take your probiotics? We discuss and give you our definitive answer.
We do not recommend using store-bought milk kefir when treating the vagina. Here’s why.
Learn about Gram staining and how it’s used to figure out what’s living in your vagina.
Warning for anyone having protected sex in Chile!
Ever wondered just how important your underwear is to your vaginal condition? We explain.
Goldenseal is one of our favourite microbe-managing herbs.
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Quell the burn and fix up a UTI before it gets worse.
Mycoplasma genitalium infection causes urinary tract symptoms and is not routinely checked for in all countries.
Urethral syndrome is inflammation and irritation of the urethra, but without infection.
You can get rid of a UTI or cystitis using D-Mannose if the infection is caused by E. coli. How do you know it’s E. coli? You don’t, but this treatment is worth a try.
Eating fermented foods is a great way to increase your vagina’s good bacteria immediately.
Herbs can work a charm on recurrent UTIs or cystitis. Learn how they work and how to safely and effectively use them.
Treating your UTI with reflexology isn’t the most pain-free process, but it works and it can be gone in half an hour.
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This quiz will tell you if you have BV or a yeast infection. If you don’t know what to look for, it can be confusing.