Story by: Sara Thompson on November 5, 2021
Can you get rid of a urinary tract infection (UTI) without antibiotics? Research is mixed, and you’re probably better off seeing a doctor.
UTIs are one of the most common bacterial infections in the U.S. People assigned female at birth are more likely to have UTIs — in fact, about 50% will have at least one in their lifetime. Around 27% of those will have recurrent UTIs, defined as more than two infections in a six-month period or three infections in a year.
If you think you have a UTI, talk to your doctor first. Antibiotics are typically the first line of defense against a UTI. If a patient is allergic or if there are strong side effects with antibiotic use, or if the type of UTI bacteria is antibiotic-resistant, your doctor may have you try alternative remedies for UTI.
You’ve probably heard that drinking cranberry juice helps get rid of UTIs. There is some evidence that the bright red beverage (or its pill format) can clear and prevent UTI. Look for a product that is at least 25% cranberry juice or 300 to 400 milligrams of dried cranberry extract.
These are the good bacteria we want in our bodies to help fight off the bad bacteria. Probiotics are found in a variety of fermented foods, including yogurt, kefir, kimchi and sauerkraut. You also can take a probiotic supplement.
Bacteria can enter the urinary tract during sexual intercourse. You should:
Urinate whenever you feel the need, because this helps flush bad bacteria out of the body. Wipe from front to back and use separate pieces of toilet paper to wipe the genitals and the anus, so no bacteria comes into contact with the genitals.
As mentioned above, frequent urination helps flush bad bacteria. So you may wish to increase your water intake if you have a UTI.
You should always see your doctor for an initial UTI diagnosis.
Symptoms of a UTI include:
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