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So Ladies, I have been suffering with UTI's since I was 16 years of age (now about to turn 28). Unfortunately for me, they are caused by the wonderful act of sexual intercourse!
Now, most of you will be wanting to ask the usual questions and give me the usual advice of "make sure you wash before and after", "do you ensure you empty your bladder afterwards?", "Do you drink cranberry juice" and the list goes on and on.
The answers to all of the questions are YES, I have tried EVERYTHING and I am getting to the point of giving up. It's beginning to affect my life in so many ways and I'm sure many of you feel the same way? (I can't be alone on this one)
I have tried all sorts, I have used cranberry tablets, I keep myself hydrated, I wear cotton underwear, I have used a prophylactic, I am now resistant to trimethoprim and nitrofurantoin is beginning to go that way as well. Earlier this year I had a cystoctopy where they stretched my urethra and my bladder, but to no avail, I have had 3 infections since then. I am careful when having sex, I'm sure many of you know you have to avoid rough sex and ensure you are well lubricated. I wash before and after sex and ensure I empty my bladder straight after the 'deed' is done.
I've recently discovered Waterful D-Mannose, which is the first thing in 12 years that helps relieve the debilitating pain naturally. When I have a UTI I have to take 60mg of codeine, 400mg of ibuprofen and 1000mg of paracetamol. It's affecting my job, therefore affecting my wages and we all have bills to pay right?
I'm reaching out to see if anyone else is going through what I'm going through and to see what other advice people who actually suffer with UTI's can offer me..
I look forward to hearing from my fellow sufferers 🙌??
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