It's getting HOT in here!
Every woman gets a bladder infection at some point in her life.
Especially during your period can you sing a song about it? We feel you, girl!
But that doesn't have to be the case, because simple tips will help you to avoid the annoying bladder infection. Before we tell you our tricks, we have to talk about where the bladder infection comes from...
Bladder infections can have very different triggers.
There are some home remedies and tricks on how to fight a bladder infection yourself.
A delayed bladder infection is no joke, so go to the gyn if you don't feel any improvement.
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1. Causes of cystitis
It is painful and uncomfortable – attention to the technical term – cystitis. Causes?
There are many and different.
For example, intestinal bacteria can be to blame if they get into the vagina through improper toilet hygiene. Shower gel or shaving foam also lead to an infection of the urinary tract, because due to the drying effect, many bacteria and fungi accumulate in the intimate area - your vaginal flora is not happy.
Some people are at increased risk of bladder infections during menstruation . This is mainly due to anatomical and hormonal factors that occur during this time.
The urethra, which carries urine out of the bladder, is located near the vagina in women. During menstruation, bacteria normally present in the vaginal region can more easily enter the urethra and rise up into the bladder, increasing the risk of infection.
During the menstrual cycle, the hormones in the body change, especially estrogen and progesterone. These hormones can promote the growth of certain bacteria or affect the way the urethra protects against infection, which can lead to an increased risk of bladder infections.
During menstruation, the immune system can be slightly compromised, which can reduce resistance to infection. This may give bacteria a better chance of causing a bladder infection.
So that you don't suffer from burning when urinating again and have to swallow medication, we have collected helpful tips for you here that give cystitis the cold shoulder.
2. Let go - But right
Wipe away - not quite. Because toilet hygiene is a critical factor when it comes to cystitis. There's a balance to be struck, so don't be overly picky, but don't overly neglect your privates either. Warm water and special intimate products prevent this.
Caution: Do not leave wet wipes or soap near the vagina. They can upset the balance of the vaginal environment.
What many do not know is that contraceptives can also lead to cystitis. A condom protects, but a diaphragm promotes cystitis. Especially if you're prone to it anyway.
General tip: go to the toilet right after sex, even if it's annoying. Your urine quickly flushes any pathogens you may have come into contact with out of the urinary tract.
Anyway, it's best to go to the toilet regularly. This prevents pathogens from making themselves at home in the urinary tract.
3. Water on!
In order for you to be able to urinate as often as possible, water must also be available. Drinking at least two liters of water or unsweetened tea throughout the day will help flush out your urinary tract.
If you feel the urge to go to the toilet, you should give in as quickly as possible so that your bladder is not unnecessarily irritated.
An active lifestyle with lots of exercise and a healthy diet always pays off. Because a strong immune system can easily fight the pathogens. It is better to avoid salty or spicy foods, as they irritate the bladder. A diet rich in vitamins and protein is better.
4. Organic cotton against the burn
When you're on your period, you need to take extra care to block the path of that nasty cystitis.
That works: organic(-)tampon(s) .
In addition to panty liners and pads made from organic cotton, these fluffy tampons are the best solution. Because they are hypoallergenic and do not additionally irritate the intimate area. Regularly changing bacteria have little chance.
And the best is yet to come: Because we know that when you have a bladder infection, you don't want to get up from the cozy sofa at all. The organic tampons, panty liners and pads from The Female Company regularly land directly in your letter box!
5. Get cosy
Keeping the abdomen or feet warm when you have a bladder infection can be beneficial for a number of reasons, as it can help relieve symptoms.
- Relaxation and well-being: A bladder infection can cause pain and discomfort in the abdomen. Warm compresses, hot-water bottles or warm baths can help to relax the muscles in the abdomen and improve general well-being.
- Circulation Promotion: Heat can increase blood flow in the affected area. Better blood circulation can help immune cells and medication reach the site of inflammation better and support healing.
- Pain Relief: Warm applications can temporarily relieve pain and reduce discomfort when urinating.
- Stress Reduction: Bladder infections can be made worse by stress. Keeping warm and relaxing can help reduce stress and support the immune system.
- Prevention of hypothermia: Especially in cold weather, keeping your feet warm can help prevent hypothermia, as hypothermia can put extra stress on the body.
However, it is important to emphasize that keeping warm is only a supportive measure to relieve symptoms and is not an alternative treatment for a bladder infection. In most cases, bacterial cystitis requires antibiotics to fight and heal the infection.