“If you allow this burning blood to remain in your stomach, my dear granddaughter,” says Grandmother Grout, “you will always be haunted by the desire to get rid of her. There will be pain and pain, there will be urgent urges. But it will not be the moisture that you need. She boiled away. Gone to steam. Therefore, I once again say to you: disperse your blood, granddaughter. Spread it in a spiral around and up to the crown. Do not keep anger. Please yourself And you will be one of those old women like me – whose eyes sparkle with fun and filled with meaning. “
Step 1: Gather Information
Bladder infections are also known as cystitis, urethritis and UTI (urinary tract infection). When bacteria proliferate in the bladder, infection occurs, which is manifested by the following symptoms: burning sensations, urgent urges, frequent but insignificant urination, blood in the urine, and also pains in the pelvic region. Up to 25% of bladder infections in women after menopause are hidden or asymptomatic.
Bacteria penetrate the bladder mainly in three ways: if feces get into the urethral opening (for example, when wiping from the back to the front after the toilet), when irritation or damage to the urinary canal leading to the bladder (after surgery in the pelvic region or long / vigorous vaginal penetration), or with the introduction of a catheter.
The thinning and compression of the reproductive organs and the bladder tissue, which occurs after menopause, contributes to the development of bladder infections in elderly women, as well as the reduction of vaginal acidity.
Sometimes tiny ulcers appear on the walls of the bladder – this condition is called cystitis. However, women with interstitial cystitis (IC) are contraindicated for some of the commonly prescribed treatments.
Step 2: Energizing
Water, water and more water. To conquer the infection, drink a glass of water every hour as soon as you feel a burning sensation or an urgent urge. Sometimes you want to stop drinking, if incontinence suddenly begins, but this should not be done. Bladder infections can only aggravate incontinence.
In perfect condition, urine is neutral or slightly acidic (pH level 5.8 – 7). Very acidic urine (below 5.5) contributes to the development of infections. Already existing infections make urine alkaline (pH 7.5 and above), which causes tingling and burning. You can check the acidity of urine with litmus paper at any time, but not in the morning after waking up. Cranberry juice reduces the level of pH, vitamin C increases.
Shpansky fly is a homeopathic remedy for burning urine.
Step 3: Nutrition and Tone
Cranberries (Vaccinium macrocarpon) contain substances that kill bacteria and make the walls of the bladder so slippery that no surviving bacteria can stick to them and begin to multiply. The most effective form is unsweetened cranberry juice (or concentrate). Sugar or corn syrup, added to the juice or apple-cranberry juice, literally “feeds” the infection.
Drink freely, from a glass a day to a liter for acute infections, when the pH-level of urine is already lowered.
Exercises for pelvic floor muscles can also help ease the course of infection! Try to close your eyes after urination, relax, exhale and try to squeeze out the last drops.
Excessive growth of yeast in the vagina can cause irritation of the bladder or urethra. Eat 1 cup of plain yogurt 4-5 times a week.
Step 4: Stimulation / Calming
Herb ears (Arctostaphylos uva ursi) are an old favorite remedy for strengthening the bladder and against long-standing latent infections. I prefer hot infusion of dried leaves, but I know women who took cold infusions and decoctions, tinctures or even vinegar. Dosage: 1 cup / 125 ml of infusion, 10-30 drops of tincture, 1
Yarrow is a urine disinfectant with a powerful anti-bacterial and astringent effect. A small cup of infusion 1-2 times a day for 7-10 days tones up the weakened bladder tissue. It goes well with bear ears. Results can be felt in a few hours.
In my experience, Echinacea purpurea and Echinacea narrow-leaved has an antibiotic effect in bladder infections and prevents the growth of vaginal yeast (see step
Women, washing the genitals with soap and water, are 4 times more likely to develop vaginal infections and UTI. Douches, bubble baths, tampons, nylon underwear, and pantyhose can all irritate the urethra and promote bladder infection.
Alcohol, black tea, coffee, soft drinks, citrus juices, chocolate, cayenne pepper and hot pepper are among the most well-known irritants of the bladder. Herbal alcohol-based tinctures will not irritate the bladder, if taken in a glass of water or a cup of herbal tea.
Urination after love games washes away bacteria and reduces the risk of UTI. Conversely, if you urinate before this, the risk of infection increases.
Ascorbic acid cleanses the kidneys and bladder, and also increases the pH of urine. Take 500 mg per hour for 6-8 hours. Warning: do not take with IC!
Be careful when taking calcium supplements if you are prone to UTI. Calcium supplements contribute to the attachment of bacteria to the walls of the bladder, increasing the risk of infection.
Antibiotics are the standard treatment for women with UTI. But taking antibiotics often causes yeast overgrowth in the vagina, and this can again lead to bladder infections. One of them – nitrofurantoin (Macrodantin) – can provoke the occurrence of microscopic scars and ulcers on the walls of the bladder, causing IC.
Step 6: Unnatural Penetration
Expansion of the urethra is an expensive and painful procedure, leaving tiny scars in the urethra, which can lead to interstitial cystitis. I heard what they called it “rape of the female urethra.” No study has proven the effectiveness of this procedure against UTI. Instead, it is better to do exercises for the pelvic floor muscles.