What Causes Recurrent UTI?

Suffering from recurrent urinary tract infection is not uncommon in women, especially after a certain age. You pop up some pills and are good to go for a few weeks with the same symptoms to appear? Let’s go into what causes recurrent UTIs.

Note that UTIs are not partial to women, men get them too, but for them, it means something is blocking their urination. 

What causes recurrent UTI? Am I at risk of developing it?

Bacterias such as E. coli and other cause UTI and women due to their anatomy are more at risk of catching these infections that affect the kidney, bladder and uterus. 

  1. A woman’s urethra is close to the vagina so bacteria from the vagina and anus have easy access to the urinary tract. 
  1. If you are post-menopausal you are at a higher risk of developing recurrent UTI as the changes in the pH level in the vagina make it more prone to infection. 
  1. Enlarged prostate in men and bladder prolapse in women is one of the reasons older adults are unable to empty their bladder. Urine that stays for long in a bladder becomes a breeding ground for bacteria.

I take medicines but these UTI infections keep returning?

There are a lot of antibiotics that treat UTI and sometimes people leave the medication mid-way as they start to feel better and then the infection occurs, again. Sometimes, even if you take regular medicines the infection recurs. It can be because you are a sexually active woman or you are post-menopausal.

How can I prevent recurrent UTIs?

There are a lot of natural ways to deal with recurrent UTIs. 

  1. Drink plenty of fluids- This encourages frequent urination that in turn flushes out toxins.
  2. Wipe front to back- Reduces the chance of moving the E. coli bacteria after a bowel movement.
  3. Urinate immediately- Before and after sex.
  4. Feminine deodorants- Don’t use them on your genitals.
  5. Wear- cotton underwear.
  6. Sip on- Cranberry juice contains a tannin that might prevent E. coli bacteria from sticking to your bladder wall.
  7. Bath- Take showers instead of baths.
  8. Spermicides- Change your birth control as these cause irritation.
  9. Tight clothing- Avoid tight-fitted underwear or pants as they hold moisture.

Want to learn more about the causes of recurrent UTI and how you can prevent them? Get answers to your questions about UTI or find a holistic health practitioner specific to your needs.

Why Is My Period Late? 10 Possible Reasons Besides Pregnancy

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You open your cabinet, see the box of your tampons and realize, “shoot, Why Is My Period Late”? Pregnancy is out of the question here as you know it is not the reason. 

So then what is the possible reason for missed or late periods?

A healthy period cycle for most women ranges from 21 days to 35 days but if your period doesn’t fall between this range, let’s explore the 10 possible reasons to answer the question “why is my period late”? 

  1. Sudden weight loss or weight gain

 Eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia or even uncontrolled diabetes can not only cause a change in your body weight but also disturb your periods. 

  1. Strenuous or excessive exercise

Exercising regularly works wonders for your physical and mental health but anything in excess can be harmful, even exercising. Excessive exercise can disturb the estrogen hormone that regulates the female reproductive system.

  1. Thyroid dysfunction

The thyroid produces hormones that help to regulate the body’s processes. Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can disturb your menstrual cycle causing you to have missed periods.

  1. Increased stress and anxiety

Chronic stress can harm you inside out. It can throw your mind, body, emotions out of balance and can be a reason for your missed or late periods. The hormone cortisol is activated when you experience stress, pushing you into survival mode inducing amenorrhea. 

  1. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Every 1 in 10 women of childbearing age is affected by polycystic ovary syndrome. PCOS, like thyroid dysfunction, can cause a hormonal imbalance, causing missed periods.

  1. Birth control

Have you recently started or gone off birth control? Hormones estrogen and progestin in birth control pills prevent your ovaries from releasing eggs. Once you stop the pills, it can still take up to six months for your cycle to become consistent. Other types of contraceptives can also cause missed periods.

  1. You just suffered a serious illness

Any serious illness stresses your body out, exhausting even your mind, putting a lot of stress on the part of your brain that regulates hormones thus messing your cycle.

  1. You are breastfeeding

Don’t be alarmed even if your periods don’t show up once you deliver your baby. Breastfeeding can do that. Lactational amenorrhea as it is referred to is a phase that disrupts the rhythm of your menstrual cycle. Your period should get back on track within a few months.

  1. Are you on medication?

Certain medications, including anti-epileptics, antipsychotics, can cause irregular periods.

  1. Chronic diseases

Poorly controlled diabetes could cause your period to be irregular as changes in blood sugar are linked to hormonal changes and celiac disease can cause inflammation that can prevent your body from absorbing key nutrients and all this result in missed or late periods.

Want to learn more about the menstrual cycle? Get answers to your questions on why is your period late or find a holistic practitioner specific to your needs. 

Miscarriages & Holistic Healing

Some pregnancies are planned, some are a surprise, and for some, the timing is way off. No matter where you find yourself on the spectrum, the worst experience, both physically and emotionally, is when you miscarry. This blog will explore holistic healing after miscarriage .

You’re not alone as 1 in 5 pregnancies end in miscarriage. Studies show that approximately:

  • 20-25% of all clinically recognized pregnancies will end in miscarriage
  • 85% of spontaneous miscarriages occur in the first trimester (weeks 1-12)
  • Chemical pregnancies may account for 50-75% of all miscarriages

There are several types of miscarriage 

  1. Threatened- Your body shows signs that you might miscarry and it is common in early pregnancy to experience spotting and cramping. The women who experience just bleeding or just cramping, over 80% the time, go on to carry a healthy baby.
  1. Inevitable- Inevitable miscarriages can follow from a threatened miscarriage or come unexpectedly. There is a lot more vaginal bleeding and stronger uterine contractions. 
  1. Complete-  When all the contents of conception have left your uterus and you experience vaginal bleeding may continue for several days.
  1. Incomplete- Some pregnancy tissue remains in the uterus and you usually experience more intense cramping and bleeding. 
  1. Missed- The baby dies, but labour didn’t start right away, and the baby stays in your womb until you are ready to release it.

Symptoms of miscarriage

The first sign of a miscarriage is bleeding, but a little spotting or bleeding is normal. If you experience a lot of blood loss, contact your midwife right away. 

After a miscarriage

Visit your holistic health practitioner or midwife regularly to confirm that you are healing physically and emotionally. The physical body heals up quickly and you will begin your menstrual cycle in a few weeks.  

We’ll talk more on miscarriage and how to heal holistically 

When a baby is lost, developed or developing, it is a devastating experience. The impact on the woman who experiences a miscarriage, be it physical, emotional or psychological, is a feeling nobody can understand. Now let’s focus on holistic healing after miscarriage.

Holistic healing after losing a pregnancy

The physical recovery process can be quick, it is the psychological and emotional process that takes time. Learn how to take care of yourself or your loved one who lost a baby. 

  1. Rest

You need to take it easy on your body. Rest it out so you can recover more quickly.

  1. Nourishment

Eating well and staying hydrated are the foundation for your healing. Be mindful of what you eat and avoid food that causes inflammation.

  1. Herbs

Herbs can support your moods and hormones as they are both nourishing and immune-supporting. 

  1. Hygiene

Proper hygiene is essential to prevent blood loss and infection. One way to care for yourself is to prepare herb baths that help you feel rejuvenated.

  1. Partner love

It’s not only you, but your partner has also suffered a loss. Don’t lose the connection, support each other.

  1. Mental and spiritual care

Meditate, exercise under the guidance of your holistic health practitioner, communicate, share what you feel, it will all help with the recovery.

  1. Stay active

To help you move through your stages of grief you need to move. Stretch, breathe, journal, yoga, tai chi, qigong, walk, do what makes you happy.

If you or someone you care about has had a miscarriage, our heart goes out to you. These intense feelings which you are feeling today will integrate into your persona and eventually you might not feel so severe. 

Find your support in your community, in your family and in your own skin. Take your time to go all the way through to the grief process and do not shy away in asking for help. 

Ask a question to our database of vetted holistic health practitioners to learn more about healing holistically from a miscarriage.

Can Acupuncture Help With Menopause Symptoms?

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A brief course on acupuncture to ease troublesome menopausal symptoms.

Menopause can be a troubling time for some women. This life stage can generate both physical and mental discomfort. Acupuncture treatments can help ease menopause symptoms.

The average age for menopause onset for women in North America is 51 years. While pre-menopause, when menstrual cycles begin to shorten and become more irregular, occurs between 39 and 51 years of age.

Studies suggest women who want to avoid hormone treatment during menopause can find relief from hot flashes at the end of a needle. However, between 20% and 30% of Canadian women experience moderate to severe symptoms.

Menopausal symptoms can have a major impact on the quality of life, health, and wellbeing. One of the most common symptoms, hot flushes, can go on for several years. Other symptoms include heavy sweating, emotional burden, sleep disturbances, fatigue, joint pain, vaginal dryness, and reduced sex drive. In some cases, these symptoms may pose real problems, for years at the end.

That said, do understand that this stage is temporary, and there are a variety of ways to support and help you.

The benefits of Acupuncture has on menopause

The causes of many of the symptoms associated with menopause are due to the drop of estrogen and progesterone hormones. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), most symptoms are a result of a decline of the body’s energy, which includes the essence, yin, and yang. Lifestyle choices are also a contributory factor to difficult menopause that weakens the flow of energy and so does stress, anxiety, overwork, inadequate rest, and irregular diet.

TCM can alleviate the symptoms of menopause by nourishing the essence within the body, balancing the hormonal system with herbs, acupuncture, and diet therapy.

Acupuncture helps restore the body’s natural balance by acting on the endocrine as well as the nervous systems. Thereby easing symptoms, through the process of inserting fine needles on certain energy points. Allowing the body to stimulate overall blood circulation.

The results are fairly rapid and therefore, have a broader impact on your health. A set of three to five treatments can help you see the visible effects. 

Although, not all menopausal women need treatment, but this acupuncture intervention is most relevant to women who experience moderate-to-severe menopausal symptoms.