These days it's very easy to head down to your local doctor or GP to get a prescription of antibiotics to rid yourself of pesky UTI's, but is this always the best option?
Like all things there are pros and cons of taking antibiotics:
Pros of taking antibiotics
Antibiotics can slow the growth of and kill many types of infection.
They can sometimes aid in preventing infection
Some antibiotics will work in the first few hours
Ease of consumption and convenience
Cons of taking antibiotics
If taken often, you can build up an immunity, thus rendering the antibiotics ineffective
Longer courses of antibiotic use can cause damage to the body’s immune system
Like many things antibiotics can come with side effects from digestive issues, light sensitivity ans bone damage or more. Always make sure to read the fine print so you are educated on the risks
If you are prone to UTI's it may be a better choice to make some small life changes and learn new habits to help prevent UTIs instead of opting straight for antibiotics. A few things you can do to help aid prevention are:
You can take these steps to reduce your risk of urinary tract infections:
Drink plenty of liquids, especially water. Drinking water helps dilute your urine and ensures that you'll urinate more frequently — allowing bacteria to be flushed from your urinary tract before an infection can begin.
Drink cranberry juice. Although studies are not conclusive that cranberry juice prevents UTIs, it is likely not harmful.
Wipe from front to back. Doing so after urinating and after a bowel movement helps prevent bacteria in the anal region from spreading to the vagina and urethra.
Empty your bladder soon after intercourse. Also, drink a full glass of water to help flush bacteria.
Avoid potentially irritating feminine products. Using deodorant sprays or other feminine products, such as douches and powders, in the genital area can irritate the urethra.
Change your birth control method. Diaphragms, or unlubricated or spermicide-treated condoms, can all contribute to bacterial growth.
Please note all advice is general in nature and does not take into account your personal situation. You should consider whether the information is appropriate to your needs, and where appropriate, consult your doctor before making any drastic changes