Bladder infections and yeast infections. One is enough, but when it rains,it pours.Bladder infections can ultimately lead to yeast infections. Here’s what you need to know about the link between the two and how to steer clear of them.
Your bladder is a balloon-like sac of muscular tissue that stores urine. Located behind your pelvic bone, it’s part of your lowerurinary tract. To better understand your bladder, you need to know how your entire urinary tract works:
A bladder infection (cystitis) is a type of urinary tract infection (UTI). A UTI occurs when harmful bacteria infect any part of your urinary tract (kidney, ureters, bladder, urethra). A bladder infection is a bacterial infection of, you guessed it, the bladder. So, while all bladder infections are UTIs, not all UTIs are bladder infections. Here’s more info onknowing the difference between a UTI and a bladder infection.
Bladder infections occur when bacteria travel up your urethra through to your bladder and begin to multiply. This could be from:
Bladder infections are usually treated withantibiotics over 3 to 10 days. Antibiotics are effective because they kill the infection (harmful bacteria) but they also kill the good bacteria (Lactobacillus acidophilus).
While yeast lives in your vagina in small amounts,good bacteria balance the pH of your vagina and prevent yeast from growing out of control. Taking antibiotics increases your risk of a yeast infection because it kills the good bacteria.The cycle of UTIs and yeast infections seems never-ending. Luckily, there are preventative measures you can take to avoid a UTI in the first place which means no antibiotics and no yeast infections from antibiotics.
Yeast infections happen when yeast overgrows. Yeast is part of a healthy vaginal ecosystem, but when new yeast is introduced into the vaginal area or when the yeast present in the vagina overgrows because the regulating bacteria has been destroyed by antibiotics, it can result in a yeast infection. Symptoms include vaginal discharge, thick and whitish in color, itching in the vaginal area, and/or a burning sensation and pain during wiping or sex.
In order to lessen the risk of a bladder infection remember to:
While it’s no guarantee you’ll dodge a yeast infection while on antibiotics, these measures can help:
At times, staying on top of your urinary health is easier said than done. Preventing a bladder infection means not having to use antibiotics, which means you’ll ultimately sidestep a yeast infection. While the tools listed above are important for reducing your risk of a bladder infection, Uqora can be that secret weapon when life throws you a curveball.