It is estimated that half of women suffer a urinary infection at least once in their lives, 30 percent of repetition. Apparently, these infections are more frequent in women who use IUDs.
80% of cystitis originates in sexual relations, according to the director of the Madrileño Urological Institute, Dr. Juan Carlos Ruiz, who notes that, in the case of young women, "the frequency of sexual relations increases the risk of contracting this infection, especially if an intrauterine device (IUD) is used. "
On the occasion of the IV Meeting of Urology for Primary Care Physicians and Residents of Urology, endorsed by the Spanish Association of Urology (AEU), this expert has stressed that, after menopause, the risk of cystitis increases again "due to that the vaginal epithelium is thinner, there is greater dryness, with which more wounds are produced, and, in addition, there are changes in the vaginal flora that favor infections ".
It is estimated that half of women suffer a urinary infection at least once in their lives and 30 percent of them are repeat (more than two in a year). To prevent and treat cystitis, Dr. Ruiz recommends drinking "plenty of fluid", urinating right after a sexual relationship (even if you do not feel like it) and taking, before or after, a dose of a blueberry pharmaceutical preparation, with another shot at 12 o'clock.
The properties of this red fruit against cystitis are attributed to proanthocyanidins, "which hinder the adhesion of bacteria, especially the Escherichia Coli, on the epithelium of the urinary tract, and, therefore, avoiding the infectious process ", explains this specialist.
According to the 'White Book of cranberry' (cranberry red in English), endorsed by the Ibero-American Society of Neurourology and Uroginecology and the Spanish Society of Community Pharmacy (SEFAC), in cystitis is necessary to take this preparation "thirty days in a row to get Escherichia coli do not repopulate the urinary tract "and repeat the taking" at least three or four months a year ".
Possibility of combination with antibiotics
Cranberry can be taken in combination with antibiotics, notes Dr. Ruiz, and can be consumed "both preventively, in people with a tendency to cystitis, as in treatment, for prolonged periods, since it has no side effects and interactions." So much so that even their pharmaceutical preparations can be used in newborns and pregnant women, according to specialists.
As this 'White Paper' states, cranberry "seems to be useful as a therapeutic agent for the prevention of urinary tract infections in pregnant or breastfeeding women". In this regard, the director of the Madrilenian Urological Institute recommends cranberry in children with frequent urinary infections, such as those who suffer vesicourethral reflux.
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