Let us leave aside whether nature really intended it. The fact is: bladder inflammation is the most common inflammatory disease in women. Likely it is the price they must pay for their short urethra and the proximity between the anus and vagina. The numbers differ starkly. If you ask around, almost no women escape it. The symptoms are all too familiar: a strong urge to pass water, burning when passing water and turbid urine. If pains in the lower abdomen, blood in the urine and fever develop too, then a doctor is needed, so that the inflammation does not ascend to the pelvicalyceal system. Luckily, however, this is rarely the case. Most cases of bladder inflammation heal within a very short time. Whether by themselves or with antibiotics is hard to say, since most bladder inflammations are treated with antibiotics. This does not prevent many women, however, from soon acquiring another bladder inflammation, which then leads doctors to prescribe long-term treatment with antibiotics.
How can we effectively stamp out recurrent bladder inflammation? And above all, what can women do themselves, without having to swallow antibiotics for the umpteenth time, with all their disadvantages for healthy vaginal and gut flora? We have gone into the matter in depth, carried out a large literature review and spoken to countless specialists. These are our conclusions and recommendations:
The primary cause of bladder inflammation are bacteria, which derive from the gut and reach the vagina. Correct hygiene is therefore critical, but not to excess. Even if it sounds banal, we are happy to remind you: following bowel movement always wipe from front to back and not the other way around. Better than smearing with toilet paper is simple washing with warm water, whether under a shower or using a bidet. Specialists advise against vaginal flushes, intimate sprays and intimate towelettes, because they dry out the vaginal skin and can irritate it. On the other hand, they recommend intimate care with pH-neutral, moisturising medicinal soaps. After washing, the intimate areas should be protected with a cream, and in this setting milking fat is repeatedly mentioned as an inside secret. Because post-menopausal women are far more frequently affected by urinary tract infections, the local application of oestrogen-containing creams helps them.
Drink, drink, drink at least two-and-a-half or even three litres per day, in order to flush the bacteria out of the bladder. This is recommendation number 2. Both for the prevention as well as the treatment of bladder inflammation. Especially helpful is an additional glass of cranberry juice, which makes adhesion of the bacteria to the bladder wall more difficult. Sexually active women should empty their bladder whenever possible following sexual intercourse.
What comes next is a real alternative to antibiotics: a combination of three proven plant-derived medicinal products, which have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, diuretic and anti-spasmodic actions. They are extracts of the leaves of bearberries, birch and goldenrod. It is important that the corresponding preparations are taken at the first signs of bladder inflammation. The results are impressive. In many cases, the complaints regress rapidly. If, however, there has been no improvement after three days or the pain is getting worse, then a visit to the doctor is unavoidable.