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I suffer from a nearly constant UTI (Urinary tract infection). My doctor has told me that it is probably because I have a lot of sex (with one partner) and sex changes the pH of the vagina. She gave me a bunch of things do that would hopefully stop the UTI from coming back, such as urinating right after sex and making sure everything is well lubricated. I've also taken medications, but it only seems to solve the problem for a few days.

However, IT DOES NOT GO AWAY.

Does this happen to anybody else? And if it has, how did you get rid of it? Or am I doomed to have to urinate ever five seconds for the rest of my life?

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Anonymous

I feel urinary discomfort often and read somewhere that alka seltzer would help. Of course I thought it was ridiculous until I tried it. It actually helps me and has stopped me from getting a full blown infection that required antibiotics. I have had so many and been tested and treated until I was willing to try anything. I also must drink 64 oz of water everyday!!

December 17, 2013 - 7:25pm
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Thanks for this tip, Anon - it may really help our readers.

As we all know, UTI's are miserable.

Best,

Susan

December 19, 2013 - 11:23am
undefierwwer

I'm 48 years old. Starting in April-May of 2012, I began to wake up frequently at night to use the bathroom. The number of times I woke up gradually increased to about two to five times a night.

I'm usually very skeptical of the claims of supplement makers. I take a multivitamin, cinnamon to reduce my blood sugar and niacin to reduce my triglycerides. (Both were recommended by my doctor). After doing much research online, I suspected that my problem was due to Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)--a common condition of men 50+ yrs old. During a doctor's office visit, I asked him about taking a supplement. He was positive about trying a supplement to relieve my waking up at night to go to the bathroom.

I researched several different brands and decided to try the Dr Max Powers Prostate Supplement. Within a week and a half of starting the supplements, I was only waking once or not at all at night. I've been taking the supplements for about 4 months now and recommend them.

March 17, 2013 - 8:18pm
Jasmine Santa Maria

I suffer from frequent urinary tract infections (unfortunately I would get one about 50% of the time after intercourse--even after urinating directly afterwards). I started taking Lady Soma's Cranberry Supplement (the maximum of 4 a day) only when I had intercourse, or when I felt a UTI coming on (although once I felt it coming on, it was sometimes too late). My UTIs are way down from how frequently I was getting them without the lady soma cranberry supplement. I have lost my health insurance and was concerned about the expense of having to go to the doctor or ER for UTI's, so I began taking 2 pills a day (and 4 on the days that I have intercourse), and have not had a problem since.

November 15, 2012 - 10:33am
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Anonymous

hi im 22 and been suffering with UTI's for nearly 2 years! at first i had thrush cystitus which led to water infection which led to kidney infection, ( which was hell) course of anti biotics and it vanished! .. a few weeks later that searing pain was back, went to my doctor had urine tests which was positive for protein this was going on for weeks! some days i would curl up in a ball and cry im not in a relationship and i dont sleep about but i used to enjoy sex very much, i used to have a very high sex drive now its vanished its effecting everything i do some days i cant even sit walk cross my legs wear knickers nothing my vagina is throbbing ive got pain all over the place down there i dont no if thats normal or not but im in discomfort everyday! anyways seen my doc she couldnt understand why i keep getting them she did bloods to see if i had diabetes these came back fine ive had swabs all came back fine, im going back down tommorow she said that she will transfer me to see a urologist but looking at some of these post's no ones getting answers, im physically and mentally annoyed from this, im jjust praying there is some sort of cure for this!

October 17, 2012 - 6:21pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

i have had chronic uti's since i was 16. at first it only happened once every few months weather i was sexually active or not, now its got to the point where i think it has just never gone away. ive had a uti for about a month straight and im back to the same google search looking for some sort of something to make all this pain stop. i cant have sex with my boyfriend in denmark and it really sucks because i only see him during the summers luckily for me the hospitals are free here so i can get tx with out payment! but they only keep putting me on more antibiotics and im pretty sure that by now im immune to most that are out there. ive tried supplements, cranberries, everything out there! i have never found a cure..so i just wanted you to know that i feel your pain, and if you ever find out how to stop this please post it!

June 13, 2014 - 7:43am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

I'm sorry this is happening to you; many of our readers are dealing with something similar and we can get a real sense of the pain and frustration. Please let us know an update from the urologist when you can.

Best,

Susan

October 22, 2012 - 1:15pm
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Anonymous

I also have the same problem and have for about 6 years. I have had the scope testing, I have been on antibiotics orally, injections and IV. I have tried everything and I can't seem to prevent them. The only thing that helps me in the slightest is drinking cranberry juice everyday with two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar mixed in it. I drink three 20 oz bottles a day. It doesn't keep me from getting them but it does seem to keep them from being quite so painful.

September 18, 2012 - 2:41pm
Aimz45

I know exactly how you feel, I have had to drop out of Uni for the year to try and give myself time to rest and trial different medications.

I was told I have "Painful Bladder Syndrome" a few days ago, and I've been given a really strong anti-depressant to help block the nerves from sending pain signals to my brain, and a patch that I have to wear all the time that releases medicine into my blood stream to help with my bladder muscles relaxing.

Well I know it's only been a day since starting the medications, but I am not feeling any different, and I have also had a sugar, preservative, acidic free diet for the last few weeks, which isn't helping either.

People just don't realise how much it affects us, if I am ever actually feeling pain free, I am constantly worried about when it's going to come back. Because I know it will. I've learnt not to get excited when I'm pain-free, because it just leads to disappointment sooner than later.

Try this website:

http://www.ic-network.com/forum/forum.php

there ae lots of discussion forums between people with the same/similar problems. I know it won't fix anything, but sometimes it's nice to just know you aren't alone.

Make an appointment to see a Urologist ASAP.

September 12, 2012 - 1:18am
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Anonymous

I am only 16 years old, and i've been having UTI's since I was like 14. I've been on a variety of medicine and nothing ever helps. My UTI's are like day after day after day. I've been on Azo but now that isn't beginning to help, even on that i still have really bad UTI's. I am not sexually active, and i don't douche. I wipe the way your suppose too, and I am very clean. My doctor thinks that it might be that when I pee, my pee is going backwards, which causes the pain. My cousin has the same thing, and is on medicine for life. But i also have a tilted uterus due to sexual abuse when i was 7, they think that I might be going to the bathroom, and not emptying my bladder all the way and the pee is just sitting in there causing bacteria to build up. My UTI's are like once a week. Their like an everyday basis for me which is really bad, because I can't sit in school with these things.. i get very short tempered due to the pain, and the feeling of having to pee and i can't always keep running to go to the bathroom. I don't know what to do. I can't go out and stay at my friends house because i get these, and I can't do my sports due to this. I have never had sex. So i don't understand, all i know is that this is depressing me to the point i rather die then live with these. Their so painful, and I'm up every night because of them and I can't fall asleep. I'm deadly tired if i do go to school, but most of the time i miss it. I'm a very good student, and this isn't reflecting good on my grades. Please help. ):

September 10, 2012 - 2:56am
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