Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) can be a frustrating and uncomfortable experience for many. When considering urinary incontinence solutions, it’s important to address concerns about UTIs.
What Causes UTIs?
UTIs are typically caused by bacteria entering the urinary tract, leading to infection. While UTIs can affect anyone, they are more prevalent in women because women have a shorter urethra (the tube from the bladder that releases urine) than men. The prevalence of UTIs generally increases with age, except for a spike in young women aged 14-24 years old. Women over 65 years old have a prevalence of approximately 20%, compared to 11% in the overall population. Around 50-60% of adult women will experience at least one UTI in their lifetime, and nearly 10% of postmenopausal women report having a UTI in the previous year1.
What are the Common Symptoms of UTIs?
Common symptoms for women include:
- a frequent urge to urinate
- a burning sensation during urination
- cloudy or strong-smelling urine
- pelvic pain
Does Uresta Cause UTIs?:
One concern women may have when considering a bladder support pessary like Uresta is whether it increases the risk of UTIs. However, in a 12-month clinical study in the UK, as well as over 15 years of user data have shown no increased risk of UTIs associated with Uresta usage2. This is reassuring for those seeking a reliable solution for bladder leaks without compromising their urinary health.
Uresta is made of inert non-absorbent medical-grade thermoplastic elastomer resin. This material is carefully selected for its biocompatibility and non-reactive properties. It does not promote bacterial growth or cause irritation, reducing the risk of UTIs. Uresta’s design ensures that it provides the necessary support without obstructing the urethra, maintaining healthy urinary function.
Tips for Avoiding UTIs:
While Uresta itself does not increase the risk of UTIs, it’s essential to follow good hygiene practices and general tips to minimize the chances of developing a UTI. Here are some guidelines to consider:
- Wash Hands and Device: Before inserting Uresta, thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water. Additionally, ensure that the device itself is cleaned according to the provided instructions. Try our safe and gentle natural 118ml cleaning gel can be used for regular cleaning of your bladder support.
- Avoid Contaminated Surfaces: When preparing to insert Uresta, be mindful of the surfaces it comes into contact with. Avoid placing it on contaminated surfaces to prevent the introduction of bacteria.
- Stay Hydrated: Drinking an adequate amount of water helps flush out bacteria from the urinary tract, reducing the risk of infection. Aim for at least eight glasses of water per day.
- Urinate Regularly: Don’t hold urine for extended periods as it can allow bacteria to multiply. Urinating regularly helps flush out any potential pathogens.
- Wipe Properly: After using the toilet, always wipe from front to back to prevent bacteria from the anal area from reaching the urethra.
- Wear Breathable Underwear: Opt for cotton underwear (and loose clothing) that allows proper airflow, reducing moisture and bacterial growth.
- Wash Before Sex and Urinate After Sex: Use an unscented soap and water to wash up before sex. This keeps bacteria away from the urethra. And urinating afterward pushes any bacteria that entered the urinary tract back out.
- Switch to a Water-Based Lubricant: if you experience vaginal dryness, consider using a water-based lubricant which does not contain any harsh chemicals and is safe to use daily to avoid promoting infection. Try our water-based lubricant when inserting Uresta3.
Ready to Stop Your Bladder Leaks?
Uresta, the bladder support pessary, offers a reliable solution for managing bladder leaks without increasing the risk of UTIs like pads4. Its composition, design, and clinical evidence demonstrate its ability to maintain good urinary health. By following general hygiene practices and the specific guidelines for using Uresta, women can confidently embrace a life free from bladder leaks while prioritizing their urinary well-being.
Remember, if you have any concerns or experience persistent UTI symptoms, it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and treatment.
- Medina, M., & Castillo-Pino, E. (2019). An introduction to the epidemiology and burden of urinary tract infections. Therapeutic advances in urology, 11, 1756287219832172. https://doi.org/10.1177/1756287219832172
- Campbell P, Moran K, Boyle S, Gallagher C. Compliance with Uresta (CURE) study; a 12 month follow-up of 40 women. Int Urogynecol J. 2023 Mar;34(3):737-744. doi: 10.1007/s00192-022-05234-1. Epub 2022 May 27. PMID: 35624166; PMCID: PMC9139490.
- Anne Machalinski, March 19, 2023, Best Ways to Help Prevent UTIs, WebMD, https://www.webmd.com/women/avoid-uti.
- Omli, R., Skotnes, L. H., Romild, U., Bakke, A., Mykletun, A., & Kuhry, E. (2010). Pad per day usage, urinary incontinence and urinary tract infections in nursing home residents. Age and ageing, 39(5), 549–554. https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afq082