The pain from a severe UTI is one of the worst pains. I would rather be in labor (and I've had 5 kids)!
I've had several UTIs, and the pain level prevented me from doing even the simplest things in life. It also affected my mood. I am an angry person when I have a UTI. My daughter is too, so I'm assuming this is how it affects a lot of people.
If you are reading this article, then you most likely also suffer from UTI pain and will understand my frustration with how hard it is to get good information on how to get rid of reoccurring infections.
It Happened Every Time I Had Sex!
Sex is supposed to be a great feeling, right? When you are fearing the feeling of a UTI after sex, it's really difficult to enjoy the moment. You're constantly wondering if you're doing something wrong. Is there something you can do differently? Are you clean enough? Is he clean enough? What the hell is wrong with my body? No matter what we tried I couldn't prevent a UTI from occurring. I was ready to live the single life and let my husband find another partner just to not be in pain. Just for the record, he wasn't on board with that option.
But every time I had sex, I would get a UTI infection without fail. I hated sex because it brought me pain. I also got the worst kind of infections. If I didn't get medication right away, I would end up going to the emergency room. I remember finishing a round of antibiotics before my honeymoon and getting another UTI on my honeymoon. Another time, I was walking from my kitchen, fell on the floor, and almost completely blacked out from the pain. That was my second emergency room visit. Since then, I immediately went to the clinic for antibiotics when an infection started. I literally couldn't "afford" to have sex.
Doctors Didn't Really Have Answers
The most frustrating thing was going to the doctor, mostly because they always asked the same questions and had the same unproductive advice. Nothing they suggested worked, and they didn't really understand UTI's. I know you know what I'm talking about. It really baffled me that I couldn't get a real answer that worked.
They suggested I go to a urologist and get on medication. However, I only got infections after sex. So, it was what was entering my body that was causing problems. Since I didn't have a problem outside of that, it didn't make sense that I should be on medication.
I Tried Changing My Diet
After researching how to eat my way to UTI freedom, I set out on a mission to the local grocery store. If you are reading this, you have probably tried these dietary changes as well. However, there was not a diet out there that would eliminate UTI's in order for me to have a healthy sexual relationship. I got them less often, for a time, and then they would come back.
So diet tricks were a FAIL.
I continued to research other answers and came across the product that changed my life!
What Did Work and Continues To Work
I started taking D-mannose 600 mg capsules. I read reviews on the various brands and found one that seemed to work miracles for people. I have not had a UTI since. Before, I was getting one or two infections a month. I have taken D-Mannose for five months now and not one UTI infection. This product has literally changed my life!
I wanted to wait to write this article to make sure it was really working. It does! And if you suffer from UTI infections, I highly recommend taking this supplement.
I chose the Divine Bounty brand below because of the reviews. I recommend this brand based on my results. I take this once a day. However, if I feel any UTI-related symptoms, I take 3 three times a day for several days and then back down to once a day again. I also open the capsule into my mouth and follow with water.
I've read it is best to take it in the powder form (I just open the capsule) with a small amount of water and then follow up an hour later with a large glass of water if you are having symptoms.
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Cynthia Jesseen (author) from Tulsa on May 01, 2018:
Update! I've now been taking D-Mannose for 9 months and haven't had a UTI yet! Totally changed my life. I feel so incredible after having UTI infections every 2 months minimum and now NONE! I did once, during this time frame forget to take it for about a week and started to feel slight symptoms. I took the D-Mannose 3 times a day for several days and it never grew into anything. This product REALLY DOES WORK! I hope this article frees someone from a life of pain and the expense of doctors visits and medication.