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How to Obliterate a Bladder Infection

So, my day was running along fairly smoothly. I got up, I had a coffee, I had a shower. I spent an hour or so trying to curse my hair into place. I was surprisingly unsuccessful with regards to my hair. Normally a good curse will put anything in it’s place, but not a cowlick.

I needed to pick up a few things at Ikea, so at around 10:30 a.m. I hopped into the car and made my way directly to their candle section. For the first time in Ikea history, I did not wander, I did not pick something else up. I got the candles and left. I didn’t even stop for a 50¢ hotdog, even though it was lunchtime and even though, although not technically hungry, I certainly could have eaten one and enjoyed it.

ANY CHARA CTER HERE

I got home, made another coffee and decided it was time to pee.  If you listen closely you can probably still hear the echo of my screams bouncing off some goat filled mountain range.  The thing about a bladder infection is even if you’ve never had one before, the minute you experience it, you know what it is.  Technically I’m not sure if it’s a bladder infection or a urinary tract infection.  Either way, it hurts like a misplaced red hot fire poker.

I’ve probably had 4 or 5 bladder infections in my lifetime.  One of them just happened to be earlier this year which led me to the discovery of the Frozen Yogourt Tampon.  A cure for yeast infections.  You see, if you get a bladder infection, chances are your doctor will prescribe an antibiotic which will in turn give you a yeast infection. Fun, right?

So once I realzied I had screaming pain in my nether regions, I immediately called the doctor.  And this is what they said.

“I’m sorry stupid, we’ve left the office for the day and will not  be returning until tomorrow, at which point you’ll have already visited a hospital or will have attempted to amputate whichever appendage it is that’s ailing you with a hacksaw and some dental floss.  We’re fine with either choice so long as you don’t bother us with it.”

Or at least that’s what I heard when the answering machine at the doctor’s office announced they were closed for the day.  At noon.

So I did the stupidest thing anyone could do.  I searched for answers to my ailment on the Internet.  This is risky because as I’ve said before, the Internet is a big fat liar.  Now, this is particularly risky because according to Google, every pain or symptom leads to cancer.   Usually a brain tumour.  And if you read any forums dedicated to bladder infections chances are they’ll have the same advice the make believe doctor’s message had.  Go the the hospital or cut your own hoo hoo off.  In case it’s cancer.

In terms of cures I found the regular bizarro Google stuff, stand on your head, eat baking soda, watch the first season of Moonlighting followed by 7 consecutive jumping jacks.

I actually took the advice in terms of the baking soda and immediately drank an 8 ounce glass of water with a 1/2 tsp. of baking soda in it.  I dunno why.  It seemed plausible.

But I also found the cure that everyone has heard of for bladder infections.  Drink cranberry juice.  And … drink a lot of water.  Apparently a bladder infection is bacteria that’s attached itself to the cells lining your bladder and urethra.  Cranberry juice contains chemical compounds that help stop the bacteria from sticking to the cells.  Water does the same thing, along with washing away the unstuck bacteria.  Kind of like rinsing out a stinky flower vase.

I whipped to the pharmacy and asked my pharmacist if she had any ideas as to what I could do and she suggested the same thing.  In fact, she said she once got rid of a bladder infection using these methods.

So I went to my local health food store and bought some concentrated Cranberry liquid for $16 and headed home where I drank 500 ml of water ever hour. The cranberry liquid is extremely concentrated so you only have to drink a Tablespoon of it a day. I also took a tiny chug of it at the end of the day.

ANY CHARA CTER HERE

I peed about every half hour.  And every time I peed I could feel the infection getting less and less painful.

I continued my regime for a full 2 days and am still taking the Tablespoon of cranberry juice a day.  And my infection seems to be gone.  Just looking at a glass of water makes me nauseous, but my symptoms are gone.  As far as I can tell anyway.  If it comes back I’ll go to the doctor, but for now it appears as though I obliterated my bladder infection.  All on my own.

I wouldn’t recommend this method if you have a full blown, raging bladder infection that has you doubled over in pain and cursing your mother for birthing you, but if you’re in the very beginning stages of it, this old fashioned cure seems to work.

If you’re reading this right now thinking, yeah well … the Internet is a big fat liar.  You’re right.  It is.  But I’m not the Internet.  I’m a just a gal typing away on my laptop, who has a perfectly healthy and happy hoo hoo.  Hurray.

Please note: I can only endorse cures and methods I’ve tested myself on myself.


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80 Responses to How to Obliterate a Bladder Infection

  1. Mary says:

    Have you tried AZO Standard? I’ve taken it and it’s helped me. A lot. Also, it turns your pee bright, florescent orange. Honestly, it’s almost worth it just to see your urine paint the walls of your toilet. (That’s gross, but I figured you could handle the imagery)

  2. Rebecca Burnett says:

    I don’t mess with that cranberry nonsense. This is no time to care about fair-trade organic stuff grown by gnomes. I go straight to the walk-in clinic or hospital (yeah, I know it’s supposed to be for emergencies, but I’ve never had a bladder infection that wasn’t a RAGING one, and I’ve had a lot of them. Thank god for OHIP). There they will give you drugs that start working almost right away, and if you know what you’re talking about (and I do) and you ask nicely, they will prescribe a painkiller for UTIs on top of the antibiotic and that will work immediately. Pain gone! Orange pee, but no pain. And no trips to the bathroom every other minute to squeeze out one painful droplet of pee. Now if you’re smart (and I am) you will save some of those painkiller pills for the next time you are struck down by an evil infection! However, peeing immediately after sex (and I mean IMMEDIATELY, like, “Thanks, get offa me, gotta go”) has now kept me free and clear for several years.

    • Karen says:

      Rebecca – lol. I would rather drink water than wait in a walk in clinic for hours. Blech. Besides, I’m no crazed health nut by any means but I like to keep my antibiotic intake at a minimum. For one thing they IMMEDIATELY give me a yeast infection. Also it’s fun to know you can cure yourself with something as simple as juice and water. It works almost immediately. I was astonished! Now the painkillers … that’s another story. :). – Karen

    • missy says:

      good advise. I am 31 and have recently had a few bladder infections, they keep having to switch the antibiotic, since they have been resistant. I also have gotten raging infections both times after sex and after getting off amoxicillan, I will definatly start peeing right after intercourse. the uroligist suggests, baking soda and maple syrup, d-mannose, lots of vitamin c,probiotics, and cranberry. for prevention and treatment.

    • Ruth says:

      Rebecca, fortunately for you, it seems you have never had a serious or chronic problem with UTIs… and therefore, you’re a bit cocky with your diagnosis AGAINST natural remedies… unfortunately for me, I do have a chronic problem. And the absolute LAST thing that I want to do is taje any medication, because medication is what got me to the point at which I am at! Little do the doctors tell you that a UTI medication will give many women a yeast infection, for which we have to take another medication, after which our entire system is stripped of all bacteria, good and bad! (and to make good bacteria, it takes a lot more work for the body than just supplementing with probiotics for a few days) And, they don’t tell you that after you have a few of these treatments, that you can actually develop an immunity to the medications AND develop very strong forms of infections which won’t leave your system. So now, BECAUSE of your lovely medications, I have chronic UTIs and yeast infections. My system can’t maintain a good balance of natural probiotics and is extremely weak. So now… what do I do? I use teas (organic nettle, raspberry, dandelion mixes). I have my homemade kombucha and (raw milk) kefir at the start of meals. I drink Bragg’s apple cider vinegar with honey and lemon and warm water. I ingest a tsp of baking soda with warm water when I’m in dire pain. I supplement with d-Mannon / cranberry and pineapple extract. After peeing, I wipe with a tea tree oil solution. Sometimes I even stick tampons up there soaked with a tea tree solution. I drink TONS of water every morning. AND STILL, I have to be careful when I have sex and when I go swimming or when I work long hours with little relief for that area. So NO THANKS to medication. Thank you very much.

  3. Valerie says:

    I agree with Karen…do the Cranberry Juice, not the Cranberry cocktail stuff you get at the grocery store; it has to be the pure juice or better still the concentrated form that Karen suggested. If you do end up at a walk in clinic and are prescribed the “urinary tract pain killer,” the one that turns your urine bright orange, put on black panties right after your first dose. Otherwise you will NEVER get any of the orange residue out of your underwear. Whether you use the juice or end up on antibiotics you will have to urinate frequently until your bladder begins to recover…where to urinate – in a warm bath, not a shower.

  4. I used to suffer from UTI’s all the time. I always make sure I have some extra antibiotics around in case. Now I can identify the symptoms of an infection before it becomes full blown where i would need antibiotics. As soon as I start to feel like I am getting an infection I take cranberry pills and chug water all day long. That usually clears it up before it becomes a big problem.

  5. Laura says:

    there are cranberry pills girls! Take 5 the minute you get an infection and no more pain. Keep taking several every few hours with tons of water until you feel sure it’s cleared up. Then, if you want, you can take some every day for the rest of your life to ensure you will never get another infection again.

  6. Megan C says:

    I have the misfortune of always getting ill on Fridays. My doc closes early on Fridays. So when I get a uti its always run for the cranberry juice and constant water intake. I also eat yogurt daily it helps with such things. I am also the kind of person who will suffer through and self medicate before going to a doctor or hospital. I waited 4 hours and drove myself to the doctor with kidneys stones. It was early morning and I didn’t want to call and wake anyone and my Husband was in Iraq. Next time I will just call 911 cause that’s some pain and I don’t know how I managed that day.

  7. Bev says:

    Got my first UTI three years ago, 10.30am sitting at work minding my own, and got up to go to the loo, three seconds later I was doubled over and gripping the edges of the cubicle, whilst tears streamed down my cheeks. Back at my desk, I took a pain killer and approx. 7minutes later I did the same thing again this time with copious amounts of blood. THIS is the point I freaked out. One of my colleagues told me what it was and told me to go to the walk in clinic up the road I asked my boss if I could take my lunch early, to go, but was still there and sobbing at 3pm, having made a trip to the loo on average every 5 minutes since arriving. When I finally saw the male nurse he poked and prodded my belly in such a way that if I had had the energy I would have kicked him. They gave me drugs and sent me home. 5 days later I felt mostly healed. I have NEVER known agony like it. Nothing feels like that feels. Even thinking about it makes me wince.

    A year later, exactly the same thing happened and this time at home my regular doctor (male) said to me ‘What makes you think its a UTI?’ Um… I don’t know, it feels different to a broken nail??? JA-HE-SA-HUS! I KNOW my body, I KNOW this pain, and how dare you patronise me and think I could be wrong! But he needed to do his little tests… Can you guess what was wrong with me…? OH YES A UTI!!!!

    Cranberry works best as a preventative, so a daily teaspoon is an awesome way to go. In NZ we get pill form cranberry extract, like taking a vitamin – its been my saving grace, that, and the pee after sex thing…

  8. mimi says:

    I’m with you on this one Karen, though I take a cocktail (not THAT kind, wish it was the cure!), cranberry (i get the extract in capsules), vitamin C 9good for fighting any infection) and stuff called Uva Ursi- it’s like echinacea but specifically for bladder infections.
    Works every time, provided, as you say, you get it early.
    One other pleasant remedy for relief of symptoms is a bath with bergamot and lavender essential oil.
    I agree with you re keeping antibiotic intake to a minimum- they’re great, but overused.

  9. CB says:

    The best way to avoid getting a UTI is taking oil of oregano, it is a natural antibiotic. I used to get UTIs ALL THE TIME and haven’t had one since I started taking Oreganol daily (found in capsules or oil drops at the health food store). Even if you don’t have a UTI taking this stuff helps to avoid any kind of infection, cold, flu etc.

  10. Rose says:

    You posted this exactly when I needed it – a perfect reminder that I can, indeed, take care of myself. Kisses.

  11. Karen-Emmanuelle says:

    I think I have a permanent membership to UTIs AND yeast infections :-(. My urologist (yes, it’s that bad) told me that the key to prevent bladder infections or simply bladder problems is being regular – as in number 2 ;-). And even though he says that cranberry juice has no real effect, I swear by it. As soon as I feel that uncomfortable pinching, I drink litres of it! And like you, the problem usually goes away.

  12. Dang, them Canadian docs are so rude. I digress. I’d always heard about the cranberry cure, and it wasn’t until my wife had one, and most recently one of my daughters. We went the route of the juice, and it helped. I like the idea of the concentrate vs. the sugary filled juice in the grocery store. I’ll keep this in mind for the next time.

  13. Edwina says:

    I would say I am somewhat an expert on this topic. There was a time in my life where I was getting about 4 UTI’s a year. My doctor told me that if I got 5 a year I would be prescribed very low dose antibiotic to take regularly – AWESOME right?

    The antibiotics I was taking to cure the UTI’s were making things worse. The doctor kept upping the dosage and I was getting severe side effects.

    …and then I found THE CURE. It’s called Uratonic Tea made by a company called FLORA.

    It can usually be found at most health food stores. They’re out of production at the moment because they only use the freshest herbs and if they can’t get them they don’t manufacture their tea. So stock up when they restock the shelves.

    DOSAGE: drink up to four cups daily. You simply boil water and steep the tea for 10-15 minutes and then drink plain, without sugar.

    While dealing with an infection it’s also wise to stay away from caffeine, chocolate, alcohol and citrus fruits and refined sugars.

    And finally a WARNING to anyone who hasn’t had experience with UTI’s or bladder infections: if you don’t catch it infection early enough I would advise going to see a healthcare professional.

    I was told that left untreated the infection can travel upward to your other organs like your kidney and eventually your heart.

  14. Jeff says:

    I have no real comment here. Oh, except that I look forward to your next post that involves oh, i don’t know, making an attic fan out of cereal boxes, door hinges and a spare garbage disposal unit. Thanks.

  15. Shauna says:

    Well sounds like you had a great couple of days!! I’ve recently taken my son to a homeopath Dr. He suggested that sometimes our body needs the baking soda drink. Especially if we drink pop, he says it just balances the system out! It’s disgusting though, I think I had made mine with much more baking soda…lol And trying to see a DR these days is more painful than a bladder infection!! Stupid shortage :( Glad your feeling better Karen, so you can share all your creative goodness with us!

  16. According to my doc, the AZO tablets are the same (lower dose) as what he would prescribe to numb the ‘region’. It’s ok to take for a few days, but you don’t want to push it and end up with a kidney infection. Unless you like hospitals. Anyways, water, cranberry and cleansing pee after sex keeps me UTI free.

  17. Oona says:

    “a perfectly healthy and happy hoo hoo”. That’s all we can really ask for, right? lol

  18. Liz says:

    Years ago my family physician actually ‘prescribed’ cranberry juice for a urinary tract infection (he also offered antibiotics if I wanted them). He said the cranberry juice changes the PH (acidity) in the bladder making it hostile to the growth of bacteria. I’ve used the method many times and it seems to work – I’ve even downed a can of cranberry jelly in a moment of desperation when I couldn’t get access to juice.

  19. Jess says:

    10 seconds before I hopped on my computer to obsesively check my google reader, I was in the bathroom more or less screaming at my husband about yet another bladder infection. He quivered in the corner, hoping I would forget that I was peeing every 19 seconds and that it hurt like hell. After I saw what your blog was about, I started laughing and was suddenly in a better mood.

    My husband and my hoo hoo thank you for the advice!

  20. Monique D says:

    Well, obviously we are all doctors when it comes to this. Never one to comment up to now, but it’s time to throw my hat into this ring. IF you need to take antibiotics, and let’s face it, it’s going to happen, go and buy some acidophilus pills – take them three times a day, and this will head off any nasty yeast infections. I’m also a big fan of cranberry pills and take them at the first sign of pain. Works a charm. Rx.

  21. Sarah says:

    Heya : ) As someone who gets UTI’s ALL the time, and they commonly lead to kidney infections, my DR has told me to take Ural (a urinary alkanizer) 3 times a day for a week, and then swap and take Vit C three times a day for a week. And to just keep doing this. Apparently it changes the acidity of your urine so dramatically that bacteria cant live down there. If this doesnt work, then I am on low dose anitbiotics for the rest of my live, so fingers crossed!!

  22. Janelle says:

    I started peeing blood the night before my first year law school moot trial. Went to the ER, got the stuff, took the stuff, got very little sleep on account of trips to the john, then proceeded to NAIL my moot trial without peeing my pants. The moral: UTI’s make you superhuman (though in my case the effect wore off quite quickly and has actually started to reverse…).

  23. susie says:

    The worst is getting a UTI when you’re on vacation. Once, in Hawaii, I sat in the bathtub for a couple hours crying. The warm water does ease the pain of urination, plus you can just pee as you need to and refill the tub with fresh water.

    Don’t mess around with hippie treatments if you’re peeing blood.

  24. Chris Graham says:

    I let out a small chirp of laughter. Out loud, juvenile, I know… When you seemingly compared your lady parts to a stinky flower vase. I’m apologizing, because I am usually much more empathetic. But it was funny. Glad you are rinsed out and feeling better.

  25. Judy says:

    This is my first time on your blog but I must comment. Let’s talk about preventing UTIs. Pee after sex – always, without exception. Make it your mantra – ‘I will always pee after sex’. I used to get UTIs regularly. Have not had one, I repeat, I have not had one since I started religiously peeing after sex. It is the answer (well that and making sure your are wiping well after going #2 so no bacteria gets in your urethra). UTIs are from bacteria getting up there from an outside source. Sex and poop are that outside source. Nobody should ever have a UTI ever again using this method!

    • Christina says:

      I wish! This didnt work! I did pee after! I didnt even pee before. Fortunately my D Mannose with Cran-Actin is doing the trick for this UTI! Not always so lucky!

  26. Lu says:

    Yep. That is the best method to cure a bladder infection. I’ve done the test as well, and I was in the fetal position cursing the water I had drank the day before that was trying to pry itself out of me carrying needles. Too graphic? I keep just plain ol’ juice in my fridge for the slightest twinge. I’m happy that you didn’t have to amputate your um…Anything.

  27. Betty says:

    I always do the pee after sex, but nonetheless I had a UTI last week. I bought a jug of 100% pure cranberry juice and drank a tall glass that night. The next morning I noticed less pain, and by day 2 I barely felt anything. I’m still following up with cranberry juice this week just in case, but I think I’ll try cranberry pills as a daily supplement. UTIs are evil!

  28. kasia says:

    What a great topic Karen! About 6 months ago I started taking cranberry pills, every single day. I always always always do the pee after sex thing, but it seems that is not entirely foolproof! The pills have made a huge difference…. I hope I didn’t just jinx myself.

    And thanks to your reader, Todd — what an understanding man! :)

  29. Ashley says:

    One thing I found in connection to my (former) frequent UTI’s was my ex-boyfriend! I think he was just not a very clean person. He always was against frequent handwashing because he thought it made you more prone to sickness. I had a UTI about every 4 months of the 2 years we had a physical relationship. It makes sense, he worked at a video store, touching all those dirty movies and not washing, well I’m sure you can figure out the rest. I have been with my fiance for 4 years now, and have not had a single UTI. I think if you have to pee after sex to avoid a UTI, you need to make your man wash his hands (and possibly other parts) before you let him touch you!

    • Dede says:

      YES!! Thanks for pointing that out…..It’s true your man should be clean…Would it kill these guys to shower before sex?..I believe guys that don’t wash are the source of tons of infections that women suffer from.
      But if you do get an infection, at the first sign of it, take two alka seltzer tablets…and poof ! Pain gone and all is well. Or take 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and 8 oz water 2 or 3 times a day for 3 days.

  30. Glad you got your bladder/UTI infection cleared up! The first one I ever had was when I was 6 months pregnant with my daughter. I was already really big, and the bladder infection made me feel like I was 6 months OVERDUE! My delivery hospital was 40 miles away and I knew it wasn’t labor, so hubby took me to our local rinky-dink hospital to get me checked out. The stupid ER doc said that it was false labor. I told him that it was not false labor, and if I thought it was false labor, I sure wouldn’t be talking to him! He gave me a pain shot and told my hubby to take me home before I fell over…that the shot would knock me out. No, it didn’t knock me out. I was up and down all night, drinking water and peeing, but the next day I quit hurting. By the time I saw my OB a couple of days later, there was no infection and no problems with the pregnancy, so I guess just the water helped. I finally realized that it was a bladder infection when I got one about a year later. They hurt almost as badly as my gall bladder attacks!

    • Karen says:

      Hi MsSippi! Welcome over here! I’ll be back to the Christmas crafts by next week. :) You’d think even a rinky dink doctor could figure out a bladder infection. Maybe you needed a lady doctor. She might have got it. Rinky dink or not! ~ karen!

  31. Stefanie says:

    Hey, Karen? I have a request for a blog post topic!

    With all the comments here about cranberry pills, Oreganol, Uva Ursi, Vitamin C, AZO…I got to wondering, what in the heck should I be buying and putting into my body on a regular/preventive basis??? Not just for UTIs, I mean – I want to know what you and the Askarens take every day just for basic healthy/happy body maintenance.

    I’ve researched this several times myself but always end up more confused and frustrated than I was to begin with, which means I end up taking no vitamins or supplements of any kind. And I kinda think that’s not such a good idea. With all the appropriate health and medical disclaimers…what’s your research led you to take?

    • Karen says:

      Hey Stefanie! LOL. I take nothing. Other than eating about 1/2 cup of plain yogourt every day. I also drink a fair amount of milk. Plus I eat a well balanced diet blah, blah, blah. I think there’s much more need for vitamins and such when you’re on a vegetarian or vegan diet to ensure you’re getting all the “stuff” you need. Often times this can be done with cooking alone, but if you don’t like a certain food or whatever then you need the supplements. So I can’t exactly post about this because I really don’t know much about it! I can’t put out information unless I’ve actually tried it and proven it works or doesn’t work. I’m not a doctor. I don’t even play one on television. :) Whenever I come across something that I find works I post about it. And I mean, if you go by Dr. Oz, you should pretty much be taking every vitamin and supplement under the sun. And eating a lot of curry and kelp. I know what you’re saying though. It’s realllyyyyyy hard to figure out what to do. I guess I’m like you. Too much info so … I don’t do nothin’. Oh! I do have one recommendation. Exercise on a daily basis really does make you feel better. Starting this blog made me realize that. Blogging is a very sedentary activity which I’m not used to. About 2 or 3 months into it I felt like crap. Raging headaches, stiff, sore muscles … lethargic. So I started walking in the morning. BIG improvement. Just moving around can make a vast improvement to how you feel. HUGE. ~ karen

  32. Kelly says:

    Wow. I REALLY thought you were going to freeze a cranberry tampon.

    I am SO DISAPPOINTED! But glad you’re feeling better!

  33. Angela N says:

    Oh the timing of this post! I just finished my 5 day supply of antibiotics for a UTI. I know 3 other people also suffering from them right now. Is it the time of year for UTIs?? I ended up treating with AZO and antibiotics and also lots of water. Thankfully it didn’t lead to a YI. I did eat a yogurt each day to help keep it away.

  34. Connor says:

    Aaand I’m continually reminded how glad I am to be hoohoo-less. Thanks, Karen.

  35. elisa says:

    cranberry is amazing, great that you found that worked. parsley works just as well too. pour boiling water over, let it steep for a bit, drink it all day. i also find probiotics are good prevention, and avoiding sugar and alcohol for a good while. x

  36. Julie says:

    Thanks for this post! As somebody who used to get frequent UTIs, I’m familiar with the cranberry method, but the pills didn’t seem to do much. Glad to know there’s extract! I’d like to point out that you should always avoid cranberry juice “cocktail” and other sugary juices, because the sugar can actually PROMOTE bacteria growth. Not good.

    I also second the AZO Standard you can get at the drugstore. My gynecologist first recommended it, because it’s the same as the prescription stuff.

  37. KC says:

    Karen,
    First, I love your blog. We credited you with our homemade pumpkin pies and maple syrup whipped cream (YUM!) at Thanksgiving and I am forever laughing and your humor and inspired by your ingenuity. I had to write this time as I have had bladder infections and the following yeast infections far too many times. I also have interstitial cystitis which feels much the same but is made much worse by anything cranberry related (or anything else with flavor, pretty much). I have a GREAT yeast infection home cure, which has never failed me and is neater than the yogurt. Just insert one clove of garlic before bedtime. Yes, down there. I have only had to repeat a second night once. The weird part is that a few minutes later you will taste the garlic (that blood stream really does travel everywhere!). You can also take a clove of garlic with you on travels, camping, wherever.

  38. rochelle says:

    I can tell you exactly when I had my last badder infection. It was Oct 30th, 2002, precisely 15 hours after giving birth to my first child. I cannot remember how painful it was, I was blinded with misery. I was also dealing with nipples that were hanging by a thread from being chewed off by a newborn and the singeing pain of a ‘graze’ (lord help the women who have to have full episiotomies). Then an angel appeared (generally, I don’t beleive in angels)at my flat. (I had gone home from the NHS hospital as soon as I could). She diagnosed my problem and came back with some sort of magic potions (I think cranberry juice and antibiotics). Her name was Orla and I could hardly understand a word she said (so thick was her irish brogue). She saved me. I am convinced that had I been back home in the USA, without the lovely care of post natal, home-visiting midwives, I would have died in my bed and they would have found me days later, nipple-less, with a tiny baby wailing at my side. Bladder infections suck.

  39. Michelle says:

    I have a thing called intersistial cytisis, which is kinda form of bladder infection, which means my bladder lining is super sensitive to caffeine. If I drink too much caffeine, i will feel that urge to go to the toilet all the time, luckily unlike full blown bladder infection, peeing doesnt usually hurt. But I SWEAR by cranberry tablets. I take the super high dose milligrams ones. I even take them as a prevention. And if I slip and drink too much caffeine again, I then take the tablets for a while, stay off caffeine, and Im good again. Those cranberry tablets are my saviours!

  40. Once you have the symptoms, be very sure NOT to take any antibiotics until you have sent a urine specimen for culture and sensitivity to a lab. If you take an antibiotic for which the bacteria is resistant, it will not kill it. And, it can contribute to making bacteria into super bugs, of which there are several that are already in epidemic form. Prevention is to keep hydrated well, and when you feel the symptoms starting up, the method you described in your post is really good. Don’t hold back having to pee when you feel the urge, sometimes keeping the bladder full is like having a party for bacteria. Also, if you get a low grade temp with it, don’t reduce the temp with tylenol or advil, your body is doing what is natural to cook the bacteria. If you get lower back pain, it can mean the infection is going into your kidneys.

  41. Sarah says:

    As a long time sufferer of UTIs I have finally discovered D-Mannose, even better than the cranberry cleanse, which I have used also. This is the brand I use. http://www.aor.ca/html/products.php?id=81

    Sarah

    • Karen says:

      Sarah! I considered the D-Mannose but since it’s a derivative of cranberries, I was worried that it wouldn’t work as well. Sometimes when you separate something from it’s original context (the cranberry) it doesn’t work as well because it isn’t working in conjunction with the other properties of the thing (the cranberry). :) Good to know it works. If I try it and find it’s successful I’ll recommend it! ~ karen

  42. Rie says:

    I just discovered your site & happened to come upon this post. Of course I also have had many experiences with this terrible situation and actually had UTIs so often that my dr. prescribed a low dose antibiotic to take immediately after sex. It worked – I no longer get UTIs. I don’t love taking antibiotics but would rather take one low dose to prevent a UTI that would require me taking five days of antibiotics. Just another suggestion in the fight against UTIs!

  43. Catherine says:

    Hi

    Been browsing your site and enjoying it immensely.

    Adding my 2 cents to the UTI thing, cranberry juice irritates my urethra (my urologist likes to say I have a “bum urethra”) but I find the baking soda works great – I take the 1/2 tsp in 4 oz of water followed immediately by another 8 oz of water.

    • Karen says:

      Catherine – Funny you should mention that! When I was first looking for cures I did the baking soda thing. Only it grossed me out so much I thought I was going to throw up. I may have used too much baking soda. You know. In an effort to do things always in the extreme. :) Glad you found my blog! I’m always curious about how people end up here. ~ karen

  44. Brittanie says:

    These things are the absolute worst. And the even more worse of it is once you get them, you apparently get them FOREVER. That’s what the doctor told me at least and so far she wasn’t lying…

    This concentrated stuff seems good though. Thanks for the suggestion!

    • Karen says:

      No problem Brittanie. It really does work! I was stunned. I normally don’t have a lot of faith in natural remedies, but this one works as long as you combine it with drinking lots of water and you catch it early. ~ karen!

  45. Laura says:

    Thank you, oh, thank you for making me laugh in my “hour” of infection! And on that note, I remember that I have cranberry pills in my dresser. Good thing, because I was just sitting here wishing I could just flush my entire hoo hoo down the toilet with the painful pee.

    • Karen says:

      Laura – Water! Drink tons of water. So much water you feel nauseous. ~ karen!

      • Kim Filion says:

        Well-i now feel my third bladder infection in two months coming on.I just finished a round of antibiotics not even a month ago.I don’t want to go the anitibiotic route again.Thanks for the advice.I appreciate it.

        • Karen says:

          Hi Kim. Start right away!!! Like immediately! Go out and get the cranberry concentrate this second and drink so much water it makes you nauseous. If you drink enough water you’ll feel your hoo hoo getting better within a few hours. But you have to get stop it in it’s tracks right at the beginning of the infection before it travels and gets worse. Good luck. ~ karen!

  46. HattieTottie says:

    I suffer from chronic bladder infections and before I discovered Lady Soma’s Cranberry Supplements, I was at the doctor’s office about every 3 months. I have been taking the Lady Soma Cranberry every day for about 6 months now and I have not had to go back to the doctor.

  47. Carrie says:

    I suffer from frequent UTI’s DESPITE always peeing after sex. It seems as though I have to drink so much water I feel water-logged just to prevent them. My nutritionist has advised d-mannose daily as preventative & something called Resistant Microbes by Botanical Medica 3x/ day at the first sign of a UTI. I haven’t had much luck w/ cranberry juice but maybe a concentrate would be better & I will try the baking soda too.

  48. Lilly says:

    I was surprized nobody said anything about another natural treatment that does the same thing as cranberry juice – prevents bacteria to bind to the bladder wall: the Usnea & Uva ursi tincture. I get it from stores like Whole Foods, and the suggested use is about 30-40 drops in a glass of water, 3-4 times a day. I also try to avoid antibiotics as much as possible, therefore I take this extract as soon as I feel the first “tickle” that announces the infection. It brings me relief within a couple of hours and I take it 3-4 days, with plenty of water of course. I started getting these infection at menopause (oh well…), maybe once a year, but except the first time I have never needed to go to the doctor. Next time, give it a try!

  49. allen says:

    I have bad bladder infections , I am a male 64 years old, I just started having them about a year ago . DeCaf did not help at all , and i love coffee . I tried mega doses of Cranberries , both concentrated , the drink and the Capsules . I consumed 5,000 MG of dried Cranberries in Capsule form a day , I went through a giant bottle and it did absolutely nothing .

    The only thing that works is Strong antibiotics . I had to give up coffee ,wine Beer , any type of Alchohol , no soda drinks at all , only milk , water and Juice . When you hurt constantly you quit everything in order to stop hurting . I have no more prostate gland to worry about either , it was removed , but the bladder infections just kept on comming back , it is no fun you live you in pain .

  50. Kathleen Cowden says:

    Ok… so I used to get UTI’s frequently, passing blood, and unable to let the porcelain god out of my sight. I’d run off to the emergency room begging for relief(having reached that same sorry message at my Doctor’s office, or the typical “Yeah — He can see you a week from today” message. That got old and expensive!! It was my ex-mother-in-law (bless her heart) that told me about the baking soda remedy. Course she also told me to rub an old cloth on a wart and bury it in a secret spot in the backyard as a cure — so needless to say, I was skeptical. But I thought about the baking soda in the refrigerator to kill odors, and something about it seemed plausible to me too. I don’t know about you, but desperation can lead you to take certain risks, and after making my doctors appointment thought “what the hell” I’m burning in hell right now anyway and death might actually be a relief if the remedy kills me. To my surprise, after consuming a teaspoon of baking soda in a shallow glass of water and following up with a full glass of water, I turned in for bed, feeling a little like a blow fish on a hot poker, but hopeful of what the morning would bring. Not only did I sleep through the night, but I woke with absolutely no signs of the UTI at all. Urination had returned to normal, and I was on the top of the world. Having read up more recently on the “baking soda” remedy, its probably a good idea to rebalance your “ph” with some vitamin C and potassium both of which I understand are negatively affected by the high level of sodium in baking soda. But that has its advantages too. Its kind of a catch 22 — the last thing you want to do with a UTI is drink alot more water so you feel like you have to pee even more. Luckily, you can’t get enough water after the baking soda (sodium) cocktail and this helps to rinse your bladder and urinary tract. One warning — if you have high blood pressure — you may want to avoid this remedy. You might get over our UTI just in time to induce a heart attack. Good Luck Ladies…

  51. anita says:

    WOW, just found your blog and I love it! Two suggestions on the UTI & yogurt popsicles… Its better to add the contents of a couple of powdered probiotic capsules to boost the friendly bacteria, thicken said yogurt and increase the chances of this process working. If you get a bladder infection Vibrant Health, Mannose & Botanicals, U.T. Vibrance is the best thing ever! and you don’t have to take antibiotics! It has the perfect balance of Mannose and cranberry along with a host of other goodies that relieve and heal. Looking forward to your future blogs.

  52. sandee says:

    Guess what? Cranberry juice does not work for everyone. I drank pure, organic cranberry juice which cost a fortune and tasted like gasoline.it did absolutu nothing. I had to see a specialist and be on meds for 4 mths. Juice is not the miracle cure for everyone

    • Karen says:

      Well Sandee, neither are meds. Also, as I said, you have to get the infection right at the beginning. Like the first moment you notice it. And you need to drink an insane amount of water. ~ karen!

  53. sandee says:

    The meds i got didnt work the first time which was a,surprise that it worked the 2nd time. I also drink 3/4 gal of water everyday. This has been THE worst bladder infection ever. It even turned 1 last mth. One year, can’t believe it.

  54. sandee says:

    It sure is. I did get the juice immediately as soon as i felt it. I’m no stranger to uti’s. I was surprised it got so bad so quick. I’m worried now that I’m off meds. The dr is $100 just for a test strip. I know what’s wrong, just as you stated in your post. Just hoping its gone.

  55. Tammi Cruz says:

    This morning I was awoken with the worst burning feeling in a long time and needed relief right away. It was 3am so the doctor’s office wasn’t open. I dug through my sister’s medicine cabinet (I was staying at her house thank god) and found Lady Soma Cranberry Tablets. I highly recommend this product in everybody’s medicine cabinet. The product worked within 20 minutes and I was able to go back to sleep!

  56. CJ says:

    I have suffered from UTIs since I was teen, so about 20 years. I’ve had way too many to count. I finally found relief from D-mannose. Taking some every hour with the first signs and then cutting back to a few times a day, daily. Keeping a regimine of taking it every other day seems to keep them away too – IF I remember to take it. Truly, my lifesaver. This page has all you need to know about it and more…

    http://www.squidoo.com/d-mannose

    I also purchased one of the books recommended by this site, ‘You Don’t Have to Live with Cystitis’, written by an MD, a female uro-gynecologist , and it has taught me so much about the disease.

    http://www.amazon.com/You-Dont-Have-Live-Cystitis/dp/0380787792/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1385172449&sr=1-1&keywords=you+don%27t+have+to+live+with+cystitis

    Hope this helps someone else!

  57. Paulibe says:

    I am reading all the comments! I am currently in cape T own on vacation (from Canada) and have woke up with such pain when trying to pee, now I have blood each time I try to have a pee! Just awful, I will try and call my doctor as I take blood thinners.

    Frighten at the moment

  58. Louise says:

    Funny (well, not really), but I just read this article about a week ago and I now have the first bladder infection I’ve had in years. Was it the power of suggestion? Probably not – I’m sure I just drank too much Pepsi and not enough water during this heat wave – both very bad things to do. Luckily, I have cranberry capsules in my medicine chest, but reading all the comments gave me further info – no caffeine or sugar (no Pepsi!), chocolate, citrus fruit or alcohol. Just thought you’d like to know that something you wrote almost 4 years ago is still helping! What a gal! :)

    • Karen says:

      Hah! Well good! Glad to be of service 4 years later. And honestly I found the most important thing to do is drink water until it makes you sick! Water, Water, Water. Flush, flush, flush. ~ karen!

  59. RM says:

    Definitely still helping, I am downing my third giant glass of water right now!
    I think this one was brought on by a combination of dehydration, too many sugary drinks and a not friendly environment in my pants (I’ve been running in the SUPER humid, extremely hot weather, no amount of cotton keeps your hoo-hoo in check)… I’m out of town or else I would have the cranberry pills at my disposal, so I’m going to look for some concentrate, or more pills, or something. Cause I’m dying!

  60. Kelli says:

    Goldenseal extract 2 to 3 times a day for 7 to 10 days. Just like you would a prescription antibiotic. It works just like an antibiotic. Also Uva Ursi (aka bearberry) and D-Mannose supplement. A good Cranberry supplement that does not have sugar and like Karen said, tons and tons of water. Gaia Herbs makes a fantastic Oregano supplement but it’s kind of expensive. You can also buy Azo Standard over the counter. That is the stuff that makes you pee orange and it basically calms the spasms in the urethra, the burning sensation and the constant feeling that you have to pee.
    You don’t need to take all of these supplements and if you are in extreme pain or passing lots of blood you should see a doctor.

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