I feel like people think that as long as you can get better taking an antibiotic, then why worry about it... I know people don’t understand the pain of it unless they have had one too. And it’s a misconception that it’s not a big deal if it’s treatable. But it is a big deal, and it changed my life.
As part of our True Customer Stories series, we bring you the full scoop from our customers—all about their history with UTIs, everything they've tried to prevent UTIs before Uqora, whether UTIs run in their family, and more.
We chatted with Uqora customer MaryAnn McHugh (58 years old, pictured with family below). Thanks so much for sharing, Lynn!
Where do you live?
What do you love most about where you live?
It seems like a very open-minded place—I’ve lived here for 20 years, and I’m still trying to adjust. I like the landscape, the climate, the open-mindedness.
When did you first start getting UTIs? How old were you?
The first one I ever got was in college, driving from my home to a friends house 3 hours away, and during that drive, I didn’t go to the restroom. I had to but I didn’t realize I’d get a UTI by holding it. From then on, I had them pretty sporadically. At times, I’d get a bunch of them, and at other times just there and there, just randomly.
In the last 2 years, I’d say, I started getting them quite frequently. I had seen a urologist. I would finish an antibiotic and go for a few days, and then I’d have another. It would seem like the antibiotic would have a residual effect for a while, and then it would be gone. They sent me to a postmenopausal gynecologist who started me on this estrogen cream, and I thought that would work, and it didn’t.
Do UTIs run in your family?
No. My daughters have symptoms on-and-off, and I don’t know if she’s ever had one, just symptoms. My mother has gotten them, but not often.
What’s the most extreme or strangest thing you’ve tried for UTI prevention?
Completely eliminating sugar from my diet. Once you really buy into it, it wasn’t that hard, and it did seem to help. And then, I tried the estrogen cream too. I quit using it because I was having other side-effects that I didn’t like, and it didn’t seem to be helping. So I quit using the estrogen cream.
What’s the one thing you think people get wrong about UTIs?
I feel like people think that as long as you can get better taking an antibiotic, then why worry about it. But no one wants to take antibiotics forever. I’ve had 3 kids without medication, I understand pain and that was bad. I know people don’t understand the pain of it unless they have had one too. And it’s a misconception that it’s not a big deal if it’s treatable. But it is a big deal, and it changed my life.
How did you find Uqora?
The naturopathic doctor told me I should try d-mannose, and I researched it a little and didn’t think it made sense. Then my daughter called me and said: “Mom I’ve seen this thing called Uqora and you should try it.” When I saw this ingredient had d-mannose, I thought maybe there is something to that, I’m just going to go after it. I ordered the monthly package.
I haven’t had one, not even one since I’ve been drinking Uqora. It’s been a miracle to me. I used to feel like I couldn’t go on trips, I was watching what I ate all the time—I still watch was I eat—but no matter what I do, it hasn’t come back.
When do you drink Uqora?
I take one every day in my water bottle. I put it in my first water bottle of the day. It also ensures that I drink, especially with the pinkish water, I’ll remember. It helps me drink more water throughout the day too. I just put it in my full water bottle, and so the flavor isn’t as strong.