Hey ladies, let’s honestly ask ourselves how often are we checking on our vagina & urinary health. Do you check only when a problem arises? If so, we need to start changing our mindset & becoming more proactive about our urinary & vaginal health as we are about the rest of our body.
Some things to note is how much or how little you may pee during the day. Do you have pain during sex? Do you have trouble inserting a tampon all the way? Struggle with uncontrollable bladder leaks? These are all things we should account for. Let’s dive in & get to the bottom of it.
Urinary Tract Infections & Yeast Infections
Urinary Tract Infections & Yeast infections have similar symptoms but are completely different. It may be hard to tell which one you may have. Here are some tips to note. Please advise, if you do have an infection, best to see your primary health doctor to get treated.
Urinary Tract infections
Urinary Tract infections is an infection of the urinary tract system caused by bacteria, fungi or a virus. A UTI can reside in the urethra and bladder or it can be in the ureters and the kidneys.
- What can cause a UTI: Pregnancy, diabetes that is not controlled well, menopause & age, catheter use, urinary incontinence, or occasional bladder leakage.
- Symptoms of a UTI: Burning sensation when urinating, peeing frequently, and some abdominal pain. A way to tell if the UTI is in the bladder if the urine has a strong odor. A UTI in the kidney can make you feel nauseous, have a fever, or chills. Some may feel pain in the upper back as well.
- Treat & Prevent UTI: The most effective way to treat a UTI is through antibiotics. However, drinking plenty of water, wiping front to back, avoiding scented products that can irritate the genital area, and taking a urinary health supplement such as Cran-B-Pac can help.
Yeast Infection is an affection in the vagina and vulva.
- What can cause a Yeast Infection: Pregnancy, contraception tablets, antibiotics, and diabetes which is not controlled well.
- Symptoms of a Yeast Infection: Have a burning sensation while urinating, itching genital area, and discharge – a thicker, cottage cheese resemblance or a white, watery discharge.
- Treat & Prevent Yeast Infection: Use an antifungal medicine or a cream to help treat a Yeast Infection. Prevent them by drinking plenty of water, wearing cotton underwear, avoiding scented products, and wearing tight-fitting clothes. Take a supplement with prebiotics to help balance out the bacteria in the vagina can also help.
How often should you be peeing during the day?
According to the Affiliated Urologists, we should aim to go 6-7 times a day. But if you pee less than that, don’t be so alarmed. What Urologists say we should aim for is to have light or clear color urine.
Certain foods and drinks can also make you pee more frequently. These are known as food bladder irritants that stimulate a diuretic effect where you have to use the bathroom quickly. Foods such as tomato-based products, spicy foods, and sugars can cause this effect as well as beverages like soda and coffee. Check out our other blog post on peeing frequently here.
Tight or Weak Pelvic Floor Can Lead To Uncontrollable Bladder Leaks & Other Issues
Urinary incontinence or what is known as overactive bladder is where the body expels urine without any warning. This is caused by the detrusor muscle in the bladder signaling to the brain that you have to use the bathroom even when you might have just gone. It can also cause a strong gotta-go feeling.
Bladder leaks can also happen when you exercise, pick up your kids, cough, or sneeze. This is known as stress urinary incontinence. The pelvic floor muscles play a big part here as they are supporting your bladder. When those muscles are too tight or too loose, it can result in bladder leaks, painful sex and you may not be able to insert a tampon in.
Learn more about urinary incontinence here and how ND Labs can help you. Exercises like pelvic floor and Kegels can help but refer to a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist to make sure you are doing the right exercises.