What are Urinary Tract Infections?
Urinary tract infections are common in women and involve any part of your urinary system —kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. Sexual intercourse, tampon use, hygiene, bowel issues, dehydration, oral contraceptives, and menopause all increase the risk of infection. Women who present with painful urination usually have either an acute UTI, a sexually transmitted infection, or vaginitis.
How to Diagnose UTIs
Urinary tract infections can be differentiated based on symptoms, physical exam, urinalysis, and vaginal cultures. A urine culture, vaginal culture, and STI testing may be needed to determine the location and type of infection.
Hormones and UTIs
Hormones can play a role in causing urinary tract infections. Postmenopausal women may have frequent infections due to a lack of estrogen causing changes in the vaginal microflora. These women often benefit from the use of prescription vaginal estrogen cream. Women taking birth control may need to address hormonal imbalances due to birth control pills and possibly change the type or form of conception.
For most bladder infections, a naturopathic approach is usually very effective, and the infection resolves quickly and without recurrence or complications. Dr. Marchese has successfully treated hundreds of patients with UTIs.
The primary goals are to:
- Enhance internal defenses against the infection by providing immune support.
- Promote a proper pH.
- Prevent bacteria from adhering to the bladder epithelium.
- Find and treat the root cause to prevent recurrent infections.
Increasing urinary flow is essential and easily accomplished by increasing water intake. There are numerous herbal medicines and homeopathic remedies specific to the urinary tract that can treat UTIs if the patient seeks treatment early. Sometimes an antibiotic is required, and a probiotic is always prescribed with an antibiotic. The FDA recommends avoiding the use of fluoroquinolone antibiotics due to severe side effects.
Dr. Marianne Marchese offers naturopathic treatments for urinary tract infections that are very safe and effective once other diagnoses of UTI-related symptoms are ruled out. If treated early and appropriately, a urinary tract infection resolves quickly and without complications. Call 480-588-6856 to make your appointment today with Dr. Marchese to address urinary health concerns.