Among the illnesses that affect women more often than men, there are urinary tract infections. UTIs are infections that can appear in any organ of the urinary system, including ureters, bladder, kidneys and the urethra. Most UTIs occur in the inferior urinary tract, in the bladder or urethra.

Although a bladder infection may be painful and uncomfortable, the consequences may be more severe if the infection reaches the kidneys.

Here are some symptoms that may help you spot a urinary infection:

  • An imperative and constant need to pee
  • A burning sensation while urinating
  • Urinating frequently and in small amounts
  • Urine of a cloudy aspect
  • Red, pink, or brownish urine that may be a sign of blood in the urine
  • Strong smelling urine
  • Pelvic pain in women, especially in the center of the pelvis, or around the pelvic bone

Urinary infections occur when despite the natural barriers, microscopic bacteria enter through the urethra and multiply in the bladder. 

Some factors that will put you at a higher risk of developing a urinary infection are sexual activity, certain types of contraceptives, like diaphragms, menopause, anomalies in the urinary tract, obstructions in the urinary tract, a depressed immune system, the use of a catheter and a recent urinary tract procedure, like a surgery or certain exams.

Here are some ways to help prevent and alleviate a UTI:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Drink cranberry juice
  • Wipe from the front to the back always
  • Drink water and empty your bladder shortly after having sex to help expel bacteria
  • Avoid feminine products that may be irritant, like deodorants, or powders in the genital area
  • Explore a different method of birth control.

We recommend taking Uva Ursi Leaf three times a day with meals to help combat and prevent bladder and kidney infections.

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