Whether you’re the bride-to-be or the bridesmaid, it’s extremely important to remember your urinary tract health, and symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI), before and after the Big Day. Forgetting to maintain a healthy urinary tract can lead to a whole host of painful UTI symptoms. If you’re one of the 10 million women who have suffered from a UTI1, you’ll likely recognize—urinary tract infection symptoms.
SYMPTOMS OF A UTI
Hold on to your hats, ladies. Urinary tract infections are no joke—the most common symptoms of a UTI include pain or burning with urination, low fever, cloudy or bloody urine that may have a foul odor and lower back/abdomen pain.2 Then there’s the constant feeling of having to pee, and pee often, even right after you have just gone!
UTIS AND THE KIDNEYS
Keeping an eye out for urinary tract infection symptoms is critical to catching UTIs early. The earlier you seek medical attention and receive proper treatment for a UTI, the less potential the infection has to spread to your kidneys. Yikes, we don’t want that! If you notice chills, shaking or night sweats along with urinary pain, this could mean the UTI infection has spread. Again, no bueno! Also look out for high-grade fever, mental confusion and nausea. Don’t wait: you need to seek medical attention promptly for proper diagnosis and appropriate medical treatment.
HELP PROTECT AGAINST A UTI INFECTION
Now that you know more about UTIs, here’s what you need to make sure you include in your Bachelorette Party Checklist so that you can help avoid UTI infections:
Cranberry To Promote Urinary Health
Cranberries help make it more difficult for UTI-causing bacteria to stick to the walls of your urinary tract, helping to flush bacteria out of your urinary tract. *
Water To Help Flush Your Urinary Tract
Drinking a minimum of 64 ounces a day can help remove any bacteria that may be in your urinary tract and may help protect against UTIs. More water means more urination—don’t give bacteria the opportunity to stick to your urinary tract!3 And if you have water on deck after a bachelorette bash, chances are your head will thank you, too.
So go out and enjoy the bridal festivities. And remember; don’t forget to prep your urinary tract!
1 Women’s Health Study, 2012, commissioned by i-Health, Inc., distributor of AZO products