UTI That Won't go Away

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Urinary tract infections can be relentless rain clouds hovering over your life. It doesn’t help that after your first UTI, you have a 26%- 44% chance of getting another one. Take it from writer Steph Osmanskiwho has had more than 100 UTIs:

My chronic UTIs got to the point where they were so severe and emotionally frustrating that I actually stopped wanting to have sex. Feeling healthy was more important to me than getting some.” 

UTIs shouldn’t have control over your life, so we’re here to help you turn that around. If you have a UTI that won’t go away, we’ll explain why this is happening and how to find relief. 

What are recurrent/ chronic UTIs?

After your first UTI is cured with antibiotics, a recurrent or chronic UTI is a relapse infection. A recurrent UTI is usually three infections within a year, or 2 infections within the past 6 months. 

Why won’t my UTI go away after antibiotics? 

UTIs are one of the most prevalent bacterial infections. The only way to cure a UTI is with antibiotics. Because of this, we’re now seeing a spike in UTIs caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria. This amount has doubled over the past decade (from 8% to 15%). 

How does antibiotic resistance work? 

  • When you consume an antibiotic to fight a bacterial infection (like a urinary tract infection) it may kill off 99.99% of the infectious bacteria. 
  • Unfortunately, by chance, some of the bacteria can be “resistant” to the antibiotic.
  • These bacteria aren’t killed by the antibiotics and survive the treatment. 
  • Then, the bacteria replicate and pass on the genes that make them resistant.
  • The next time the harmful bacteria are exposed to that same antibiotic, more of the bacteria will be resistant. This is why the more of an antibiotic someone takes, the more likely the bad bacteria are to develop resistance.

Could biofilm be the reason your UTI won't go away?

Another reason why you’re UTIs keep coming back could be because they never truly went away in the first place. UTIs are caused by free-floating bacteria like E.coli. When your immune system reacts to these intruders, you begin to feel the common UTI symptoms. Taking antibiotics wipes out the free floating bacteria in your system, so your body stops responding to the infection and your UTI symptoms subside. However, if you get UTIs that seem to come out of the blue, and they aren’t triggered by any specific activity, it could be that bacteria have remained in your urinary tract because of biofilm

Bacteria are always in an arms race with your immune system and antibiotics. They can attach to your bladder wall, join together and form a protective shield called biofilm. This is a safehouse for bacteria, untouched by your immune responses and antibiotics. This is why people who suffer from recurring UTIs often receive false negatives when their urine is tested. Within the biofilm shield, bacteria can adapt and multiply. After antibiotics wipe out harmful free-floating bacteria and beneficial bacteria, biofilm bacteria can break away and take advantage of your compromised immune system and cause a re-infection when the timing is right.

Your UTI that won’t go away could be Interstitial Cystitis 

Interstitial cystitis (IC) or painful bladder syndrome is often confused with UTI symptoms (painful urination, pelvic pain, etc) and it’s difficult to diagnose. IC is a chronic pain condition, not a bacterial infection. There is no specific answer for what causes IC but there are several theories. If you are urinating more 40-60 times per day or have UTI symptoms that last more than 6 weeks, seek a urogynecologist so they can assess your case and give you a proper diagnosis. 

For more information on IC, click here

Prevention is key 

A UTI that won’t go away adversely affects your quality of life. You could be more prone to recurrent UTIs because of anatomy (women have shorter urethras than men), genetics (some people have cells that attract bacteria), age (postmenopausal women are at a higher risk), sexual activity,  or a compromised immune system (diabetes, multiple sclerosis). Just because these things are out of our control doesn’t mean we can’t take the reins when it comes to urinary health. Prevention is preferable to treatment, especially when that treatment is antibiotics.


Prevent UTIs with Uqora’s products: 

  • Target is a drink mix designed to bind with newly introduced bacteria. Drink Target after activities that you know triggers your UTIs. 
  • Control is a daily capsule that prevents UTIs by binding to bacteria that hang around in your urinary tract after antibiotics and after your UTI seems to clear up.
  • Promote: As you may know, the Lactobacilli genus of probiotics helps us maintain a healthy gut. This also goes for a healthy vagina as well! Uqora's probiotics contain strains Lactobacillus reuteri and Lactobacillus Rhamnosus, which are clinically proven to prevent a UTI.


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