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jami
erinjane... I hope your MD can shed some light. sheesh, two months now.

don't know if I can get some help here. not night sweats. not yet. I'm getting what I can only assume is hot flashes. normally, I'm feeling a normal temp, even cooler as I'm keeping the a/c on. (as expensive but these blasted episodes hit me when I'm sweating, burning up. I feel like it's 100 degrees. I'm still wearing tank tops. (with a t-shirt over it for normal feeling temps)
have not been to a doctor yet. trying to get insurance, they do not like it when you go to the doctor. damn those background checks.
mom was totally against hrt. must have been for a good reason.
any natural remedies??? from what I read on the internet, everything's been downgraded to 'it does not work'.
what has worked for you? help me. this is driving me crazy.
roquelaure

erinjane: i'm sure this has probably been covered in your bloodwork, but have you had your thyroid checked? sometimes that's a big culprit in night sweats.

my ex-hubby used to sweat so badly at night that i would wake up and find myself damp because the sheets would be damp all the way over on my side of the bed and i'd get up and sleep on the floor. i started getting them about six months ago, and mentioned it when i talked to him the other day, and he said "[in a Nelson Muntz/"Simpson's voice]haha- i don't have to sleep on the floor!"

anyway- i got a huge blood workup for various things, and my TSH came back fine, so I talked to both my GP and OB/GYN about it, and they both said sometimes people are just sweaty. *shrug*.

yep- that was pretty much a completely useless post, but just another note to let you know you def are not alone smile.gif
erinjane
Roq, I'm going to ask them to do that. I don't know if my endo who does my diabetes bloodwork checks it regularly. I know she does occasionally but I can't remember how often. I'm just on the phone booking an appointment right now actually.

I kinda think it might just be because my bedroom has been too cold, but it still seems weird that it would happen so often. I have to go in for my flu shot anyway so I can get a few things taken care of at once.
jami
EJ... don't forget... you've been stressing that shindig that you just threw in your appt **for the past two weeks**. methinks a culprit??? stress is way bad for night sweats and hot flashes for that matter.

I had my thyroid checked, then checked again. it's low. got me on synthrex. for the rest of my life. now that's depressing. doctor said - you know the depression, being cold, no appeteit, low sex drive, dry skin, hair falling out - low thyroid is why. I said - gee, I thought it was due to a cheating husband, nasty divorce and winter! she laughed.

still have the hot flashes. hate them hate them. it's like summer in here.
roquelaure
my mom, her mom, and two of her aunts have either hyper or hypo thyroid. i have all the symptoms- racing heart, am a sweaty beast, hair and skin like tumbleweeds, shakes, my feet freeze at night, completely listless and exhausted... and then i found out i was fine, so i guess i'm just anxiety-ridden, need botox in my sweat glands, use the wrong shampoo and soap, drink too much caffeine, have crappy blankets on my bed, and lazy dry.gif
jami
Roq - oooooh, just like the rest of us.
<g>
pollystyrene
Erin, did you find anything out about the night sweats?
erinjane
Not yet, unfortunately my doctor is only half time right now so I'm not seeing her till november 12th. Oh well. It's been okay the last few nights anyway.
culturehandy
What's the big hype about the acai berry?

Some unbiased info wouldbe great! I'm not going to check online because it's full of junk.
crazyoldcatlady
amen, culture. it's fucking everywhere now, esp. power drinks.
culturehandy
I know that berries are super good for you, but anyhting oprah endorses scares me.
chachaheels
Berries are berries, pure and simple. Any berry that you know grows without the manipulation of things like its genetic make up and without the use of needless and destructive pesticides or herbicides or killing substances of all kinds is good for you. Go pick some and eat some, preferably in season. Eat them raw, eat them baked in pastries, put them in salads, make liqueur or wine out of them, dry them to preserve them, hallelujah.

But if you do this because you believe they are the second coming in the form of a fruit, you're falling for some major hype.
Hype sells product, but it doesn't mean there is too much to the product.

Add the berry to your diet which includes a wide variety of fruits of all kinds, in the appropriate amounts, if you like it. If not, leave it on the shelf, we're one of the most privileged societies of all time in having access to the variety of foods we can eat. Your quality of life will not diminish because you've left the Acai out of your sugary fruit juice cocktail.

If you would like my opinion on "power" drinks, here it is: Kool Aid with salt added, and then sugar in huge amounts so you don't taste the salt (for the strictly "athletic" ones, like GatorAde or PowerAde); or a bunch of caffeine without the benefit of good quality coffee, and a bunch of sugar and msg.

They make a good buck for those selling them, though.


Some thoughts about "normal" thyroid function:

Tests that done using blood for determining thyroid function will leave a great range of "normal" in the results. This is because that result should be interpreted by an endocrinologist who's actually done a full physical work up on your case so that the results can be properly understood. The range for "normal" is huge, really. Where you fall within it, and where you are in terms of whole body function and health, can only be properly determined by someone who knows hormones and knows healthy human bodies.

So often people are told they're normal but they've obviously got all the symptoms of hypo and hyperthyroidism. I usually find that further tests are needed, and that maybe the blood test result for normal may actually indicate other diseases, like Grave's or Hashimoto's among many others.

When a test result is as open to so much interpretation as this is, a lot of misdiagnoses can result.
A second opinion is always good, particularly a second opinion from a specialist who's well known as a diagnostician (and I will add that if you are on the heavier side, make sure you find a doctor who does not have a bias against people who are not skinny. They are legion. So ask around for referrals, look on referral sites if you can, don't just settle for the first one named and available).

Jami: it is indeed after coming out of a relationship where they felt suppressed or sexually unfulfilled or betrayed, or in a love relationship where their expression and needs were stifled, that many women find themselves suffering from thyroid conditions. It never surprises me, all the women I've ever treated for this ailment have this experience in common without exception. It's not an accident that the voice box and thyroid are so close together--the figurative/physical reality of having your "voice silenced" in a relationship where your needs are not met or respected can wear you down completely--hence the physical symptoms of depression, no energy, dry skin and hair and nails, changes in eyesight, changes in digestive function, changes in metabolism, and changes in sleep, changes in your whole body's equilibrium (the hot and cold symptoms, from sweat to freezing hands and feet). The thyroid is where this change shows most clearly, it's the most susceptible organ for women...after that come the ovary and uterus, which often feel the effects of the thyroid dysfunction.

There are alternatives to synthroid as a lifelong "treatment", too. One suggestion you know I'll make: find a well trained classical homeopath and start treatment. It works (most of our patients are women, a vast number of them come to us to get off the synthroid or to find a way around ever using it; a lot of patients have Cushing's or Hashimoto or Graves and classical homeopathy can and does regularly restore health. If it didn't, homeopathy wouldn't be growing in popularity). The right homeopathic treatment and case management will restore the full function of your thyroid particularly if no permanent changes have been made (as in, treatments where the glad is irradiated, then you've basically killed off the gland and it may be impossible to restore it to full function). The North American Society of Homeopaths has an excellent referral and explanation site for you to help you find a good one in your area.
culturehandy
so, basically, acai berries are the berry do jour and I can stick with my love of blueberries and raspberries and something not picked by an endangered amazonian tribe that picks the berries from the last ontouched part of the rainforest.
chachaheels
Yup. They are no more the "weight loss miracle" than green tea is, or "thermogenics" are, or rhodiola, or anything else that's the health food store flavour of the moment.
pollystyrene
What about that hoodia stuff? I've heard that the amount that would be effective isn't legal here in the U.S., though, assuming it works at all.
roquelaure

i'm completely embarrassed to admit this, but i'm trying to lose about five pounds by the weekend of november 7th. i'm one of those people who just DON'T lose in a relatively quick amount of time- daily workouts and a healthy, balanced diet maybe knock out half a pound a week, if that. so as a little bump to my semi-regular cardio and obsessive calorie counting, i bought some "Rapid Slim RX", which claims to "now have more hoodia!". and i gotta tell ya... i don't know if it's psychosomatic or what, but i do NOT want to snack between meals at all, and i still have energy when i get home from work. even with just the diet and exercise, snacking would ALWAYS be my downfall.

so... *shrug*... i don't know. i'm probably going to sprout a second set of arms and my eyeballs will implode or something ten years from now from taking it, but at the moment i'm two pounds down, three to go in the past ten days.
chachaheels
Hoodia can work, if you take small enough amounts of it. Basically it suppresses your urge to eat.

So you can starve yourself longer.

If you're just trying to curb your appetite, it will help you do this. If you're really trying to rectify a condition using nutrition, or if you think you can use it long term to help you "lose" a lot of weight...well that's where it seems to become problematic. Your arms won't pop off or your head explode, and indeed the Hoodia won't cause you any "side effects" either (after a while, your body just won't respond to it...it's only used sporadically by the peoples who actually used it in their culture, never the way you're being told to use it by health food stores). The starvation part--that has repercussions. Big ones. It's foolish to blame the direct effects of starvation on Hoodia as a plant.

But conventional medicine is still foolishly clinging to the belief that you must starve to lose weight (starvation helps you drop pounds temporarily but it will take you a lifetime to fix the damage this does to your body--and all the pounds will come back as your body tries to heal itself). It still thinks that you have to use more calories up than you take in to be thin (simply not true), and as a result we don't want to understand that holding everyone to a thin standard isn't healthy anyway.
kittenb
Random question, do people suffering from post-partum depression (PPD) benifit from eating full-fat foods? If yes, what kinds are recommended?
I am doing a research project about PPD and I found a great book with wonderful CBT treatments. It does mention food a lot but the book was written in 1994 so it keeps mentioning avoiding carbs and eat low fat which we now know isn't the best way to go about it. I think I have read that full fat food do help with depression, along with whole grains and fruits, veggies, nuts, etc.
Thanks!
chachaheels
You can find lots of articles and study references on this topic at westonaprice.org .

Look up omega fatty acids, healthy fats, fats and depression, or some of Mary Enig's research on coconut oil, full fat unpasteurized dairy, and animal fats.
culturehandy
chacha, I'm checking the site out right now, and it's amazing! I'm highly impressed.

kittenb
Thanks chacha! You are a doll. smile.gif
chachaheels
You're welcome. Happy Hallowe'en!
rubberdollz
I'm hoping I'm posting this in the right thread....

I got in a car accident a few days ago and I got to my chiropractor the day after because he was closed on the day it happened. Got my x-rays and all that stuff and he started on the adjustments. I'm not on medication or anything but I've noticed that I'm having these memory lapses. Like I can't remember what I was going to do and then suddenly it will come back to me. The dude that hit me rear-ended me and my neck got pretty jacked up, the air bag didn't deploy and I don't know if I hit the steering wheel???

So my question is has this happened to anyone else who doesn't go to the doctor? I have no family doctor and am terrified of hospitals. My chiropractor said that if my memory doesn't improve in the next few days he's going to send me to the hospital to see some doctor there to get a 2-day test done. I'm freaked out because I hate hospitals! Other than getting my adjustments I guess I'm curious what the hell a hospital is going to do for me? What if I do have a concussion, what is the next step from there?
erinjane
I would head to the hosptial ASAP. If you're having memory problems after an accident it's possible it could be related to serious trauma. I wouldn't mess around with it all.
kittenb
Go to the hospital. Bring a friend. Head injuries and neck injuries can sometimes appear later than you would expect and can be very serious.
rubberdollz
Well the neck injury is already there. The chiro did x-rays so I know what is going on with my spine. I just don't see what a hospital is going to do for me? Give me pills? Tell me I may have a concussion? The chiro is already been adjusting me so I guess I'm just unsure of what more a hospital can do?
culturehandy
An X-ray won't show if you've sustained a brain injury. The hospital can do an MRI or CT Scan.
auralpoison
Oh, chica, for reals. Go to hospital. Like do not pass go, do not collect $200. Call a buddy & GO. NOW.

I'm not trying to scare you, but a I friend of mine was in a pretty serious car on bike accident, he thought he was fine until he started having weird memory lapses & stuff. Turned out he had SERIOUS HEAD/SPINE TRAUMA. Like a fraction of an inch the either way & he'd have been fucked for life.

I've been concussed NUMEROUS times. Having some memory issues are associated, but this COULD BE SERIOUS. Better safe than sorry, yo. Get THEE to HOSPITAL, RIGHT NOW, RD! NOW!
hiddenpoet
anyone have any experience with acne and foods you eat?
i'm running out of ideas and have no medical insurance, so visiting the doctor is a no. i'm a vegetarian already and though i eat things that use milk and eggs to make them i don't drink milk or eat eggs plain. i've also recently been watching my sugars and fats intake in general because i'm trying to eat right. (Halloween kinda blew that for a few days) i've tried almost every product i can think of and the greatest results have been with clays. i do drink a ton of water every day but that's more for urinary system health than good skin, because it's not helping. and for me, acne.org isn't giving any answers that would be helpful to me.
any experience really would be appreciated.
chachaheels
Supplementing with Omega Fatty Acids really helps skin with acne and other problems like eczema and psoriasis.
If you're a vegetarian, daily doses of Flax seed oil (1 tablespoon a day) and Oil of Evening Primrose (two tablespoons per day) will help a great deal. Fish oil is even better, but Flax seed oil is a sufficient compromise. You can buy Flax Seed oil in capsule form if this makes it easier for you; same with Oil of Evening Primrose. Always look for the freshest oils--rancid oils won't help and they'll actually harm.

Another option that works really well is using 2 Biochemical Tissue Salts, calcium phosphorica 6X and kali phosphoricum 6X;
4 little tablets dissolved under the tongue 4 times per day. These are like mineral salts we can't absorb anywhere near as well from food, but in the biochemical tissue salt form they work like a charm. You can get them at any health food store but you must be specific about which ones--there are 12 in total, and often health food store people who don't know anything about them will try to sell you "combinations" of tissue salts. Those don't work--but the individual ones work beautifully.

As for keeping your skin clean, it's imperative that you don't dry it out with lotions or skin care products that contain things like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, or super high amounts of vitamin A that will literally burn off the surface layers. I find the oil cleansing method has helped a lot of people and it's very inexpensive and easy to do (plus you know exactly what you're using on your skin, you can buy the best quality oils for this purpose). If you like to use a toner, a very dilute peroxide solution that can be found for next to nothing at your drugstore will freshen it up.
hiddenpoet
thanks chacha!
i'm trying out the oil cleansing starting tonight. i've left the benzol peroxide and salicylic acid days behind, as they just don't work. the one thing i can't find about it is do you use the oil cleansing once a day? once a week? whenever?
tomorrow i'll take a trip to the health foods store and see about these capsules!
Lunalu
QUOTE(chachaheels @ Nov 12 2008, 08:21 AM) *
Supplementing with Omega Fatty Acids really helps skin with acne and other problems like eczema and psoriasis.
If you're a vegetarian, daily doses of Flax seed oil (1 tablespoon a day) and Oil of Evening Primrose (two tablespoons per day) will help a great deal. Fish oil is even better, but Flax seed oil is a sufficient compromise. You can buy Flax Seed oil in capsule form if this makes it easier for you; same with Oil of Evening Primrose. Always look for the freshest oils--rancid oils won't help and they'll actually harm.

Another option that works really well is using 2 Biochemical Tissue Salts, calcium phosphorica 6X and kali phosphoricum 6X;
4 little tablets dissolved under the tongue 4 times per day. These are like mineral salts we can't absorb anywhere near as well from food, but in the biochemical tissue salt form they work like a charm. You can get them at any health food store but you must be specific about which ones--there are 12 in total, and often health food store people who don't know anything about them will try to sell you "combinations" of tissue salts. Those don't work--but the individual ones work beautifully.

As for keeping your skin clean, it's imperative that you don't dry it out with lotions or skin care products that contain things like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, or super high amounts of vitamin A that will literally burn off the surface layers. I find the oil cleansing method has helped a lot of people and it's very inexpensive and easy to do (plus you know exactly what you're using on your skin, you can buy the best quality oils for this purpose). If you like to use a toner, a very dilute peroxide solution that can be found for next to nothing at your drugstore will freshen it up.



chachaheels:

Do you know the exact brand name for the tissue salt? I'm having hard time finding it, I went to the Whole Foods, thinking they might have it, they have several kinds of mineral salt, but nothing labeled as biochemical tissue salt. also, if the Whole Foods wouldn't have it, where else should I look?
chachaheels
A health food store, as opposed to a grocery store, would be your best bet.

You can buy Biochemical Tissue Salts made by Hyland's, New Era, and Scheussler. Dr. Scheussler invented

them--but any of the brand names will work equally well, they are all made the same way and from the same ingredients.

Here's a link showing what the New Era salts packaging looks like.
konphusion26
Quick question:

I have all the symptoms of a yeast overgrowth in my body - i mean like its running rampant. I've been having tons and tons of vaginal yeast problems this year, and none of my doctors can seem to figure out what is wrong. I was doing some research on candida in the body. I was astonished at the number of symptoms that match every single thing that's been going on with my body!!! I mean it floored me.

Here's the thing though, I don't really have the money to go to a doctor. I don't have money to go buy a high end probiotic. I so need to do that candida diet. I'm really in a predicament here. Being broke and sick is just horrible. I'm tired of feeling like this.

Is there anyone else that's done this "diet" and seen any improvement? I may have to just borrow money from my mom to get the ball rolling.

Any suggestions as to what I can do to get rid of this mess?? I'm miserable over here. My poor vag. is just exhausted from me shoving boric acid and TTO up there!! It helps for a little while then the symptoms come right back. I'm at wits end here.
chachaheels
Are you talking about a special candida diet--like Dr. Crock's diet? With brown rice and little else?

I did that diet about 17 years ago after having a severe problem with yeast, and I did it in conjunction with a whole bentonite clay/psyllium husk/caprilic acid protocol.

It was very time consuming, extremely expensive, difficult to live with, and most damning: it just didn't work.

There are alternatives to it, however, that are far more effective. It really, really helps if you are a meat eater and not a vegetarian or vegan, for one thing; it's far more live-able, and more effective as well.

Whenever there is any kind of illness, however, it will cost money and (even more importantly) effort to get well. That being said, I can't see what better thing to spend money on, it should be a priority in all of our lives to maintain our health at any cost required, even if that means you have to give up time and money you'd rather spend on countless other things.

I would first be certain to rule out that what you're suffering from is not actually something else, which looks and acts quite a lot like "yeast" (including all the symptoms you see in the yeast work-up). Rule out idiopathic vaginitis (which very often points out hormone imbalance--you'd have to probe further to find out exactly what's not right, and where); rule out chlamydia; rule out gonorrhea; rule out HPV; rule out every possible disease that looks like what you've got but is actually far more dangerous. If you've already done this, great. If you haven't, I encourage you to find the money to do so. It would be a sad waste of time to treat vaginitis when you're really dealing with something as insidious and destructive as gonorrhea, for example.

Then, begin to really examine the parts most people shrug off as unimportant but are actually crucial to understanding how you will restore your health. Examine what it is in your life which makes you susceptible to illness of any kind, because in this case, it has made you susceptible to whatever changes have taken place in your body to produce this yeast symptom. And it is a symptom, it tells you something's happening in the body to produce this problem. Stop looking for the "scientific" cause--that's an irrelevant aside, in pretty much all cases, as every single one of us contends with exactly the same diseases, organisms, viruses, etc etc every second of our lives yet we all know infection rates are nowhere near 100%, ever--so something in your life has made you susceptible to this illness. Figure this out and you'll have everything you need to fix the problem and restore your health.

Examine your relationships--where are you in terms of where you want to be, at work? In your emotional attachments? In your familial relationships, with your friends/lovers, in terms of your relationship with yourself, etc. etc. It really pays here to be truthful with yourself, because your body is trying to tell you something even if you're quite willing to make concessions or be in denial of the realities in your life which are really undermining you.

To me, it's no accident that the illness presents in the vagina (a sex organ!), it recurs despite all attempts at treatment or suppression (it's just not going to go away easily, it can't be swept under the rug), and it occurs because your defenses (physical and otherwise) have been diminished (quite literally, if it is an overgrowth of yeast you're seeing, then microorganism populations which would keep that fungal growth in check have been stripped or killed off, leaving you open to opportunistic yeast populations which take advantage of your defenselessness in order to thrive).

And it's no accident that yeast is recurrent, irritating, uncomfortable.

Is there any situation in your life which would mirror the same pathological progression? It would help you a great deal to know.

And then, I can send you information on an effective diet to help with changing things in terms of the yeast.
hellotampon
Lately, every morning when I get up, the muscles around my collarbone are tight, stiff, and sore. The area seems slightly warmer to the touch than the rest of my body. Stretching and massaging help to relieve some of the pain, but I still feel stiff afterwards.

I don't know what it is.
pollystyrene
Are you sleeping on your side? If I sleep on my side and let my "upper" shoulder, the one I'm not lying on, curl downward towards the bed, my chest will hurt for days because my sternum gets irritated and inflammed. There's a real name for it, Costochondritis.

I used to get it a lot, and now that I know what was causing it, I've "trained" myself to keep my shoulder back while sleeping.
.eilleen.
My nose is twitching (more of a pulsating sensation) and I think it's related to anxiety. damn it
chachaheels
When did this soreness start, HelloT? Do you ever feel any swollen lymph nodes along your collarbones, or the base of your skull, or under the ears, or jawbone, or chin? It may just be that you're coming down with the flu, or you (as polly suggested) have been sleeping with pressure on your joints while they're in an unnatural position. Or you may have overexerted your self in some way.

Are you achy anywhere else? Can you bend your head back without pain?
hellotampon
It could be from sleeping wrong. It started not that long ago and actually hasn't bothered me in a couple days, but I've been nice and warm at night, and I tend to hunch my shoulders when I'm cold.

I have no swollen lymph nodes, but for the past couple months I've felt like I'm fighting something off... lots of sneezing and I have this cough that keeps coming back as soon as I think I've gotten rid of it (it all seems to be way worse in my graphic design class, where there's someone near me who wears what seems to be an ENTIRE BOTTLE of cologne every day).

OR it could be that I did something bad at work. My job entails a lot of heavy lifting, bending over, and repositioning people in bed and good body mechanics aren't always possible in cramped rooms.
chachaheels
The sneezing/coughing sounds like an allergy. Have you had any before, like seasonal hay fever or allergies of any kind? They usually start when problems arise with specific people. Allergies deplete us, they can feel like you're fighting off a cold or flu or something. You actually are--but you're fighting with your last ditch defenses, so they can really wear you out.

The soreness could very well come from overexertion. If you've pulled yourself out of whack somewhere, it often helps to have someone manipulate you back into whack. Know of a good chiropractor? Sometimes things don't get better until everything is put back in its proper place.
pollystyrene
What is the sets/reps for doing kegel exercises?

I think I'm going to put a post-it note by my toothbrush to remind me to do them at least twice a day!
Lily_Anne
Does anyone's joints hurt when it gets cold? I recently began having aches behind my kneecap in cold or damp weather. I'm 22.

I haven't injured my knees. They simply protest the weather. I ran track for a season many years ago, but there was never any problem. In kindergarten I fell and scraped my knees really badly. They've clicked a little ever since.

When I'm in bed, I have a great heat pad for my old lady knees. I'm surfing the web for knee warmers. Any advice? I don't need support or immobilization; just a little extra toastiness.
likeanyother
I just got a letter in the mail saying I had my second abnormal pap smear, and I’m kinda freaked out. It didn’t even really give me any information except to say that I need to come in for another one in six months, which is exactly what my last one said. I thought that if I had two abnormal ones in a row they might want to do some tests or something to find out what’s going on, but apparently not. This is through planned parenthood, unfortunately I don’t have health insurance so I can’t go to a doctor to figure out what’s going on. Has anybody had anything similar? Should I be as worried as I am?
likeanyother
sorry, double
summerbabe
likeanyother, that would totally freak me out too! I hope it's nothing serious, they should definitely do some more tests to find out exactly what the problem is. But you may have nothing at all to worry about -- abnormal pap tests can sometimes be due simply to hormonal changes as you get older.

Does anyone here suffer from UTIs? I get them frequently and it's awful. While I know all of the steps necessary in preventing them, I sometimes have problems with the "cleansing after sex" rule -- only because I often have sex at a time or a place where I can't jump into the shower afterwards. Does anyone have any suggestions on maybe a kind of wipe or cleansing cloth that I can keep in my purse that might do the trick for me? I'm generally wary as I've heard some cleansing products can alter the vaginal pH.
pollystyrene
I've heard that just peeing before and after sex can prevent UTI's. Don't know if it's enough to help someone who's prone to them, but it couldn't hurt.

summerbabe
QUOTE(pollystyrene @ Dec 16 2008, 04:06 AM) *
I've heard that just peeing before and after sex can prevent UTI's. Don't know if it's enough to help someone who's prone to them, but it couldn't hurt.


Thanks pollystyrene! I have been doing that, as much as I hate having to run to the bathroom before sex. I've still been getting them though, so frustrating! I wish I knew what I was doing wrong, I only started getting them about a year ago (while I've been sexually active for almost 10 years) and now they keep happening. Doesn't coincide with a new partner or anything so I'm not sure what's going on sad.gif
culturehandy
I don't know about showering, but make sure you pee after sex too. Bacteria can be pushed into the urethra after sex and that can cause problems. So I was told when I had a really really bad bladder infection.
erinjane
I've never heard of showering to prevent UTI's either. The most common advice I've heard is pee before and after sex. The only time I've ever had a UTI is when I failed to pee after sex.

I would google "how to prevent UTI's". I came up with tons of articles when I did. Here's the first one: http://womenshealth.about.com/od/urinarytr.../preventuti.htm
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