If you’ve suffered from frequent UTIs, we’re guessing you’re no stranger to UTI home remedies. In fact, it’s almost impossible to avoid home remedies in a search for recurrent UTI treatment.
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- The top 10 most searched UTI home remedies >>>>
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- Always research UTI natural remedies before you try them >>>>
There Is No Single Natural UTI Remedy That Will Cure All UTIs
While we aren’t about conveying a message of good vs. bad when it comes to UTI treatment, we want to issue the same caution about UTI home remedies that we have for UTI antibiotics…
There is no single natural UTI remedy that will cure all UTIs.
The cause of your recurrent UTI is very unlikely to be the cause of the next person’s recurrent UTI. And the only way you can discover the cause of your UTIs is to seek accurate testing.
Only when you know what’s causing your UTIs, can you begin to look for the right treatment.
Don’t cherry pick UTI home remedies from forums just because an online stranger sounds very convincing.
Don’t find someone whose story sounds similar to yours and commit to the natural UTI remedy they swear by.
And think about this: If their UTI remedy works “every time” they get a UTI, but the UTIs keep coming back, there’s a good chance the remedy isn’t working. It may be relieving their symptoms, but it’s probably not addressing the chronic infection that’s causing their symptoms to return over and over again.
The goal of any UTI treatment should be to clear an underlying urinary tract infection permanently, not temporarily.
What Do We Know About UTI Home Remedies?
Unfortunately, there is a very real lack of studies around natural remedies for urinary tract infections.
Even those remedies that everyone has heard of struggle to be backed by credible evidence.
We just don’t know how most natural UTI remedies work or if they really work at all.
If you’ve ever wondered why doctors don’t often recommend natural remedies. This is the answer…
Without solid evidence, they can’t. Natural remedies are not included in evidence based treatment guidelines, because there isn’t enough evidence yet. So doctors not only don’t know if natural UTI remedies work, they also have no guidance on how you should take them.
It’s really important to note here…
Just because we don’t know IF many UTI home remedies work, it doesn’t mean they don’t work.
We’ve written an entire ebook about how to separate myths from facts when it comes to finding quality supplements and other natural products. Download this ebook for free when you register for product updates.
Consider This Before You Try A Home Remedy
Not knowing if or how something works comes with a set of problems you shouldn’t ignore:
- Plants are made up of chemicals, just like everything else. Without studies to test these chemicals, we don’t know if they are safe short term or long term.
- We often don’t know which organisms natural UTI remedies are effective against, if any.
- We may not know how much to take, how often you should take it, or how long you need to take it for the best results.
- The products are not standardized. How do you know if the particular product you buy is strong, or weak, or high or low quality? How do you even know it’s the product it says it is?
Studies into natural remedies is an area that requires urgent attention. We need answers to these questions.
There is plenty of evidence that some herbal compounds can be as or more effective than antibiotics in certain cases, but we don’t know if they work the same way on pathogens in the urinary tract.
If you use UTI home remedies, or are considering trying something, it pays to do a little research so you can make a more informed decision about what you’re putting into your body.
Although studies are lacking, you can often find helpful information online if you look in the right places. We’ll provide a few tips on what to look for below. But first, let us do some of the work for you.
You can also learn more about non-antibiotic UTI remedies that may help, in our expert video series.
The 10 Most Searched UTI Home Remedies
So, we realize you’re probably used to seeing post after post about the top UTI home remedies.
That’s not what we’re about. I mean, the whole introduction was about how little evidence there is around most UTI home remedies, so recommending specific treatments would be kind of hypocritical.
Instead of pushing a list of remedies to try, we took a look at what people are searching for. We figured it would be more useful to find the ten most searched for UTI home remedies, then provide an overview of the evidence for each.
Just to clarify, when we say UTI home remedies, we are referring to any remedy you can self-administer without a prescription. This might be an over-the-counter pharmacy product, something you can order online, or ingredients you would typically find in your pantry.
Take a look at the research below, you might be surprised about some of the things you thought you knew. Then you can decide whether you want to go ahead with that purchase you were considering.
UTI Home Remedies People Search For Online
This is not a list of recommendations. This is a list of UTI home remedies that have gained enough attention to be searched online. Popularity is not the same as effectiveness:
- Uva Ursi / Bearberry
- Wild Oregano Oil
- Vitamin C
- Pau D’Arco
We haven’t managed to find enough research into the following, so you won’t find more information on these below:
- Baking Soda
- Colloidal Silver
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Pay no attention to the order above. Search volumes change all the time, but these are consistently among the top UTI home remedies people are looking for.
Again, this is not a list of recommendations.
1. D-Mannose For UTI Treatment
D-mannose is a simple sugar (monosaccharide) found in a variety of fruits, plants and trees, but it also occurs naturally in some cells in the human body. It plays a crucial role in reactions involving certain proteins.
It is suggested that D-mannose, when used for urinary tract infections, may inhibit certain bacteria from sticking to bladder lining cells. If the bacteria cannot stick to the lining, they cannot colonize the bladder and cause an infection.
For this reason, D-mannose has rapidly gained popularity as a UTI home remedy. But does it work? We’ve looked into the science behind it and explained everything you need to know in an extended article.
Learn more about how D-mannose is thought to work, how much to take for UTI, and what to look out for: Read the full article about D-mannose.
There is also evidence to suggest that D-mannose can reduce UTI incidences and prolong UTI-free intervals for men experiencing recurrent UTI.
Get in touch with us for more information about D-mannose products.
2. Cranberry For UTI Treatment
Cranberry, in different forms, is often touted as being effective in treating and preventing urinary tract infections. It has been used in folk medicine as an all-round urinary tract health supplement for centuries.
How Cranberry Works For UTIs
Previously, it was believed cranberry worked against UTIs by acidifying the urine due to its hippuric acid content. This effect has since been found to be insignificant.
It is now suggested that cranberry proanthocyanidins (PACs) at high enough concentrations, can inhibit some types of bacteria from sticking to the walls of the bladder.
Unfortunately, this substance is not found in high concentrations in cranberry products and this effect has also been found to be insignificant.
What The Cranberry Research Tells Us
There are numerous studies into the effectiveness of cranberry as a UTI home remedy. At least two of these studies have been funded by cranberry beverage brands, which raises questions over potential bias.
Even so, we have included one of these studies in the list, and you can read it if you so desire.
- Effect of Cranberry Capsules on Bacteriuria Plus Pyuria Among Older Women in Nursing Homes
- Cranberries for preventing urinary tract infections
- Cranberry juice fails to prevent recurrent urinary tract infection: results from a randomized placebo-controlled trial
- Consumption of a cranberry juice beverage lowered the number of clinical urinary tract infection episodes in women with a recent history or urinary tract infection *
*This study was funded by Ocean Spray
What was tested:
- Whether drinking cranberry juice decreases the chances of a recurrence of UTI.
- Evaluation of cranberry juice/concentrate, cranberry tablets and capsules when used to prevent urinary tract infections.
- The effectiveness of cranberry capsules on the presence of bacteria and white blood cells in the urine over a period of 1 year.
What was found:
- Although some small studies demonstrated a small benefit for recurrent UTIs, this was negated when larger studies were included.
- Many participants dropped out of trials because consuming cranberry products over long periods was undesirable.
- Cranberry capsules did not have a significant effect on the presence of bacteria or white blood cells in the urine of older females living in nursing homes.
- Drinking cranberry juice twice daily did not decrease the incidence of a second UTI among otherwise healthy college age females with an acute UTI.
What you need to know about cranberry:
- All the above mentioned studies tested cranberry products for the prevention of UTI.
- There have been no randomized clinical trials which assessed the effectiveness of cranberry juice for the treatment of UTIs.
- Other preparations (such as powders) need to be quantified using standardized methods to ensure the potency, before being evaluated in clinical studies or recommended for use.
Summary on cranberry for UTI:
- At present, there is no good quality evidence to suggest that any cranberry product is effective for the treatment of UTIs.
- Cranberry juice does not appear to have a significant benefit in preventing UTIs and may be unacceptable to consume in the long term.
- Currently, cranberry juice cannot be recommended for the prevention of UTIs.
- Cranberry products (such as tablets or capsules) were also ineffective in preventing UTI.
CONCLUSION: Cranberry products cannot be recommended for prevention or treatment of urinary tract infections. As far as UTI home remedies go, this one has little to back it.
UPDATE, 2020: The FDA has just released a statement after evaluating a petition by Ocean Spray to allow health claims to be made about cranberry products. The FDA found that limited and inconsistent scientific evidence exists to support health claims made about cranberry products and UTIs.
3. Probiotics For UTI Treatment
UTI home remedies aside, we all know that probiotics, or ‘good bacteria’ play a crucial role in gut health and immunity. Now, with the relatively recent discovery that the urinary tract is not sterile, research into how probiotics may help prevent urinary tract infections has picked up speed.
Not only that, but according to Dr. Krystal Thomas-White, our scientific advisor, probiotics have the potential to influence multiple organ systems through their effect on the intestinal tract.
How Probiotics Work For UTIs
The ways in which probiotics may help prevent infection of the urinary tract are still not fully understood.
Pathogens that cause infection in the urinary tract typically originate from the intestine, then colonize the entrance of the vagina and the opening of the urethra. From there, a UTI can escalate to the bladder and kidneys.
There are around 50 microbial species that inhabit the vaginal tract and hundreds found in bladders. These different species play an important role in the prevention of infection.
When the healthy balance is disrupted, it increases the susceptibility to colonization in the vagina and urinary tract by pathogens.
Specific species of probiotics can help restore beneficial levels of ‘good bacteria’ and make it more difficult for pathogens to multiply.
It is believed probiotics may help prevent infection in part by maintaining the optimal vaginal pH and by producing antimicrobials that kill pathogens.
They may also alter the surfaces of the vagina or bind to the pathogens themselves and reduce the ability of pathogens to adhere.
What The Probiotics Research Tells Us
Given the close relationship between vaginal flora and UTI, studies often cover both and you will note this in the results below. Studies have focussed on evaluating the use of oral probiotics, as well as probiotic vaginal pessaries, with some very promising results.
- Non-Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Urinary Tract Infections
- Role of probiotics in urogenital healthcare
- Vaginal Microbiota and the Use of Probiotics
- Natural Approaches to Prevention and Treatment of Infections of the Lower Urinary Tract
- Efficacy of Lactobacillus vaginal suppositories for the prevention of recurrent cystitis: A phase II clinical trial
What was tested:
- The effectiveness of different strains of probiotics on vaginal health
- Whether different strains of probiotics reduce the recurrence of UTI
- A comparison of the effectiveness of oral and vaginal probiotics
What was found:
- Specific Lactobacilli strains may prevent adherence, growth, and formation of uropathogenic bacteria.
- The use of vaginal pessaries with Lactobacillus crispatus in premenopausal females was associated with a significant reduction in recurrent UTI.
- Oral capsules with Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus reuteri in postmenopausal females are promising.
- Probiotics containing Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus fermentum were shown to normalize the vaginal flora, reduce recurrence of UTI, and may be a possible long-term therapy for pregnant females and those susceptible to UTI.
- Insertion of Lactobacilli into the vagina provides a better cure rate than using an antibiotic alone.
- For some females, up to 77%, episodes of recurrent UTI may be reduced for at least one year after discontinuing use of vaginal probiotics.
- In vitro (outside of a living organism) studies have shown that Lactobacillus strains can disrupt bacterial vaginosis and yeast biofilms and inhibit the growth of urogenital pathogens.
What you need to know about probiotics:
- The abovementioned studies focussed on the prevention of UTI and the reduction of recurrence, rather than the treatment of UTI.
- As yet, there are no studies specifically evaluating the effectiveness of probiotics on bacterial biofilm infections of the bladder.
- The natural balance of vaginal flora differs between premenopausal and postmenopausal females and treatment options will therefore also differ.
- Different strains of probiotic work differently, and you cannot assume that all probiotic strains will have the same benefits.
Summary on probiotics for UTI:
- The mechanisms behind how lactobacilli function to prevent infection are still not fully understood.
- Specific strains of oral and vaginal probiotics have been shown to be effective in reducing the recurrence of UTI, and in restoring a healthy balance of vaginal flora.
- Further research is needed to confirm whether probiotics are effective as a treatment for recurrent UTIs.
- Studies are required into whether probiotics are useful for bacterial biofilm infections of the bladder.
CONCLUSION: Probiotics are one of the most promising on our list of UTI home remedies. Vaginal pessaries with Lactobacillus crispatus and oral probiotics with Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus fermentum may significantly reduce recurrent UTI in premenopausal females. Oral probiotics with Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus reuteri may reduce recurrent UTI in postmenopausal females. Some of these strains have also shown promise in reducing recurrence of UTI in men.
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4. Uva Ursi / Bearberry For UTI Treatment
Arctostaphylos Uva ursi, also known as Bearberry, is an evergreen shrub that is mainly found in the Northern hemisphere. It produces red berries, however, only the leaves are used in herbal medicine.
Uva ursi is one of the most commonly used herbal treatments for UTIs and it is commercially available as crushed leaf or powder. Its high availability in some regions makes it one of the go to UTI home remedies for many.
How Uva Ursi Works For UTIs
Uva ursi works as an antimicrobial and has been shown to act against E.coli, Proteus mirabilis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus and 70 other urinary tract bacteria. It is believed the antimicrobial action is due to arbutin and hydroquinone, constituents of Uva ursi. It also contains tannins that help to shrink and tighten mucous membranes, which in turn helps to reduce inflammation and fight infection. Importantly, arbutin is only released in alkaline urine, which means Uva ursi may have little benefit if the urine is acidic.
What The Uva Ursi / Bearberry Research Tells Us
As with most natural UTI remedies, the study into the effectiveness of Uva ursi is very limited. The following studies are by no means conclusive, and do not all specifically deal with urinary tract infections.
Uva ursi studies:
- Prophylactic effect of UVA-E in women with recurrent cystitis: a preliminary report
- Limited effectiveness of over-the-counter plant preparations used for the treatment of urinary tract infections as inhibitors of the urease activity from Staphylococcus saprophyticus
- The urinary disinfectant effect of extract from leaves uva ursi. (Article in German)
- Natural Approaches to Prevention and Treatment of Infections of the Lower Urinary Tract
What was tested:
- The effectiveness of standardized extracts of Uva ursi leaf and dandelion root and leaf for UTI prevention.
- Whether over the counter Uva ursi products can inhibit the multiplication of Staphylococcus saprophyticus, a urinary tract pathogen.
- The effect of Uva ursi dried leaf on healthy people.
What was found:
- Standardized extracts of Uva ursi leaf and dandelion root and leaf resulted in a significant reduction of UTI occurrences in females with chronic UTI.
- Uva ursi reduced the activity of Staphylococcus saprophyticus in a soluble solution and helped prevent the increase in pH that normally occurs due to bacterial activity.
- Consumption of Uva ursi dried leaf resulted in a significant amount of arbutin in the urine – a constituent of Uva ursi with antimicrobial activity.
- Uva ursi appears to have a diuretic and anti-inflammatory effect, greatly increasing urine output, which may assist in flushing pathogens from the urinary tract.
What you need to know about Uva ursi:
- Some constituents, such as hydroquinones, are toxic, and can cause serious liver damage. Many UTI home remedies come with potential risks.
- At present, there has only been one study that evaluated the effectiveness of Uva ursi for the prevention of UTI.
- As yet, there are no studies specifically evaluating the effectiveness of Uva ursi as a UTI treatment, or for use on bacterial biofilm infections of the bladder.
Summary on Uva ursi for UTI:
- Uva ursi may be helpful in the prevention of UTI.
- More research is needed to evaluate the effectiveness of Uva ursi in humans.
CONCLUSION: There is not enough evidence to recommend Uva ursi for the prevention of urinary tract infections, and as yet, there is no evidence to recommend Uva ursi for the treatment of urinary tract infections. More study is required.
FOR AUSTRALIAN READERS: Arbutin, a naturally occurring component of some herbs and food, is considered to be at levels too high in Uva ursi to meet requirements of the Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA). Due to this, Uva ursi is no longer available in any Australian medicines or supplements.
5. Wild Oregano Oil For UTI Treatment
Origanum vulgare or wild oregano oil belongs to the Lamiaceae family and is mainly found in Mediterranean countries. In terms of the rising popularity of particular UTI home remedies, oil of oregano is quickly moving up the list.
While there are many in vitro (outside a living organism) studies focussed on the antimicrobial activity of wild oregano oil, there are no studies that specifically evaluate the use of wild oregano oil for the treatment in humans or for the prevention of UTIs.
How Wild Oregano Oil Works For UTIs
The main components of wild oregano oil are the isomer phenols carvacrol and thymol. Carvacrol in particular has been the subject of numerous studies, as it has been demonstrated to have strong antimicrobial properties. The antibacterial activity of carvacrol has been put down to its effect on the structure and function of bacterial membranes. At high enough concentrations, carvacrol severely damages cells.
What The Wild Oregano Oil Research Tells Us
Although wild oregano oil has demonstrated strong antibacterial and antifungal properties, there have been no studies in humans to evaluate its effectiveness for the treatment or prevention of UTI.
Wild Oregano Oil studies:
- The antibacterial activity of oregano essential oil (Origanum heracleoticum L.) against clinical strains of Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa
- Antimicrobial Activity of Carvacrol: Current Progress and Future Prospectives
- Origanum vulgare essential oil affects pathogens causing vaginal infections
- Sensitivity of Candida albicans to essential oils: are they an alternative to antifungal agents?
What was tested:
- The antibacterial activity of wild oregano oil.
- The activity of carvacrol (a constituent of wild oregano oil) against biofilm development.
- The antimicrobial and antifungal activity of carvacrol bearing essential oils.
- Wild oregano oil as an alternative antimicrobial agent against vaginal infections.
- The antifungal activity of wild oregano oil as compared to the most common antifungal drugs.
What was found:
In vitro (tested outside of a living organism)
- Oregano oil was active against all tested strains of E.coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, but strains of E.coli were more sensitive to the oil.
- Carvacrol was demonstrated to be effective against the usual biofilm development in S. aureus and S. enterica serovar Typhimurium, S. epidermis bacteria and candida species
- Escherichia coli 1, E. coli 2, Staphylococcus aureus 3 and Candida albicans isolated from vaginal infections were found to be susceptible to wild oregano oil.
- Wild oregano oil displayed greater antifungal activity than the most common antifungal drugs against Candida albicans.
In vivo (in-animal testing)
- When placed in the ear canal of rats, Carvacrol effectively treated infections of the middle ear caused by pneumococci or Hemophilus Influenza.
- Oral candidiasis (fungus) in immunosuppressed rats disappeared completely from the tongue mucosa in the animals treated with carvacrol.
What you need to know about oregano oil:
- As we’ve indicated, none of these studies were completed in humans. While the antimicrobial activity of wild oregano oil has been demonstrated in laboratory testing and in some animals, much more study is needed around its effectiveness and safety in humans.
Summary on oregano oil for UTI:
- The outcomes obtained by testing so far encourage further testing in humans.
- Testing for the effectiveness of wild oregano oil for treatment of UTI is required.
- The data reported above emphasize the potential of carvacrol as a new antimicrobial agent, with possible effectiveness for the treatment of biofilms.
- Carvacrol (found in wild oregano oil) appears to be an antimicrobial agent that could be useful for difficult-to-treat infections.
CONCLUSION: There is currently insufficient evidence to recommend the safe use of wild oregano oil to treat urinary tract infections. Further study is urgently required as this herb has demonstrated great potential for the treatment of a variety of illnesses and may be beneficial as a UTI home remedy.
6. Vitamin C For UTI
Most people are now familiar with Vitamin C and its place amongst possible UTI home remedies. It’s a dietary supplement most of us have taken at one time or another; it’s particularly renowned for boosting the immune system. But can it help for recurrent or chronic urinary tract infections?
At this point in time, with the research currently available, the best answer we can give is: maybe.
Vitamin C shows promise as a therapy for specific bacteria, and the mechanism by which it is thought to work is quite cool. In short, it may cause certain bacteria to eliminate themselves.
But if Vitamin C is potentially only helpful in some cases, how do you know when to try it?
We’ve collected relevant research on Vitamin C, and summarized it all for you in a handy guide that covers when Vitamin C may be helpful, and how to take it.
Learn everything you need to know about Vitamin C for urinary tract infections.
7. Pau D’Arco For UTI
Pau d’arco goes by many names, including its botanical names Tabebuia avellanedae and Tabebuia impetiginosa, and Lapacho, which is most often used to describe the tea made from its bark.
What we’re most interested in, is whether pau d’arco, by any name, benefits sufferers of recurrent UTI.
First, we looked to long established herbal medicine practices, and how pau d’arco has been used traditionally, then we looked to science.
While some studies have been conducted into potential benefits and antimicrobial activity, these have mainly been in vitro (outside the human body) or in mice. There are also side effects to consider.
Our findings highlight how little is known about pau d’arco, and how it acts in the body. What we did discover, we’ve summarized in our article on pau d’arco benefits for UTI, and how to take it.
Always Research UTI Natural Remedies Before You Try Them
While we are firm believers in a holistic approach to health, there are a number of reasons a scattered approach to UTI home remedies is unlikely to be effective…
- Most UTI home remedies are not supported by scientific evidence (this doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t work, but we can’t be sure they do)
- The lack of research around home remedies means dosage information is inadequate
- Those remedies that have been studied often target a specific organism; one that may not be the cause of your UTI
- The quality of many supplements is questionable, and thorough research is required before selecting an option.
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Do Your Own UTI Research
|Don’t take our word for it, do your own research. There are a number of databases and websites that allow you to access studies and articles online:|
You can sign up and personalize some of these, so they’ll send you any new information on topics you request.
It’s always a good idea to do a little reading about a product you’re thinking of taking. And if that reading is about the evidence to back a product, even better.
Be sure to read articles and studies with a grain of salt. Bear in mind that many studies are funded by the pharmaceutical companies that make the drug being tested, and the summarized material you end up seeing may be biased.
You can get a quick gauge of whether a research paper is interesting to you by reading the abstract, which is a brief overview of what you’ll find within the paper.
Sure, some of them are extremely complicated, but you can find some super interesting and helpful information out there.
By tracking research into non-antibiotic treatments for UTIs, we aim to enable you to make more informed decisions about how and when to use UTI home remedies.
You can also explore our expert video series to learn more about non-antibiotic alternatives as a chronic UTI treatment.
To get answers to commonly asked questions about chronic and recurrent UTI, visit our FAQ page. Share your questions and comments below, or get in touch with our team.
Can you please help me i have tried almost every thing to try and stop recurrent uti and Kidney infections
i am living on my nerves as i am afraid at this stage i will get immune to antibiotics
Hi Geraldine, sorry to hear you’re experiencing that. Can you send me a direct message and let me know where you’re based so I can share the most relevant information? Thanks, Melissa
Hi I’m also struggling with UTI ,had a bit of blood droplets once in my urine Last week..Im a bit worried as I have only completed my Antibiotic it 3 weeks ago… Please show me how you did beat UTI.Thank You..
Hi Shaheen, I just emailed you some more information. Let me know if you have any questions. Melissa
Hello. I had a series of UIT’s for which I was given antibiotics. Then, wanting to be off of those I did a number of home remedies including D-Mannose. After many months of going to different doctors I was finally diagnosed as having Intersitial Cystitis. I’ve been on a strict diet for that but still have had bladder pain. The other night I did a home test for a UTI which came out positive. So now I’m back to square one and don’t know what protocol to follow. I’m overwhelmed with all the decisions and meanwhile trying to get through the day with the pain. . Is it possible to have both IC and a UTI?
I probably have candida too. I started taking oregano oil cautiously. Any help?
Hi Claire, it can definitely feel overwhelming at times, hang in there! As you may know, Interstitial Cystitis is a diagnosis of exclusion – given to someone when no other cause for symptoms has been found. (More in this article.) We’ve heard from a number of people with an IC diagnosis who were able to identify an underlying infection using more advanced testing, and to receive appropriate treatment. It can be helpful to work with a specialist through this process. If you’re not sure where to find one, pop us a direct message with your location and we can share some resources. Regarding candida/oregano oil, I’ll send some more info via email. Susy
Hi Melissa! Thank you for your transparency regarding this issue. I’m so glad I came across this article. Could you please shed some light on what helped treat your UTI’S other than antibiotics? Thank you!
Hi Rokaria, I just sent you an email with more information. I hope it helps! Melissa
I suffered from recurrent UTI a few years ago. However, since most of the time my infection was diagnosed with E. coli, my husband suggested me to use “washlet” (Invented by Japanese ppl I believe, It is an electric toilet seat that sprays water at you to clean you up after you finish your “business” on the toilet.) My recurrent UTI was gone. I haven’t had UTI for almost two years, and even sometimes I felt a bit uneasiness, after drinking a lot of water and taking probiotics will solve the problem, I don’t need to take antibiotics anymore. I just want to share my experience with you, and hopefully it will be helpful!
My NP, who specializes in female urogenital concerns, started me on an interesting regimen after 6 UTIs in as many months. I started taking methenamine hippurate, 2x per day, with 500 mg vitamin C with each dose. The vitamin C reacts with the methenamine in the bladder to create formaldehyde. I know it sounds scary, but apparently the bladder can handle it. Keep drinking lots of water. The bacteria cannot survive in the formaldehyde. Since I started this drug with the vitamin C, I have not had a single UTI. I probably cannot stay on it indefinitely, but it has been a lifesaver for me, and should the UTIs return, I will definitely go back to taking it.
can you please tell me if you can take oil of oregano and grapefruit seed and tract together, i’m finding it hard to get an answer on the web.
Hi Julie, it’s best to speak with a nutritional therapist or naturopath about questions like this. We can’t provide this type of information. Sorry I can’t help more. Melissa
Hi Lisa, this is similar to part of a protocol that is used in the UK, and we’re actually working on some content about methenamine hippurate. I’m glad to hear it’s working for you. We’re very interested to see the results of some research being conducted on the topic! Melissa
I had Staphylococcus saprophyticus and was treated with antibiotics. The urgency sensation went away but there is still burning everytime I go. Any suggestions why? Not sure if this has anything to do with biofilms and how i could treat this.
Could lactobacillus or other good bacteria displace the bad bacteria if it was inserted into the bladder? A bladder completely covered in lactobacillus would be so much easier to remove with antibiotics than the interstitial biofilm that was causing problems. In other words, if “good” bacteria can crowd out the “bad” bacteria in the gut, couldn’t it do the same in the bladder? Couldn’t “good” bacteria remove interstitial biofilm? Could this work in the lungs of desperate cystic fibrosis patients? Antibiotics could kill off the good bacteria later if needed.
Hi Daniel, much research into the urinary microbiome is underway. Until there is a better understanding of what should and should not be present in the bladder, and in what amounts, it may not be advisable to introduce new bacteria. This is angle that is being considered and shows promise, and we’ll certainly publish any new information on this that we become aware of. Melissa
Hi Amanda, have you read our information on UTI testing, treatment and chronic vs recurrent UTI? These may provide useful insight. It can also be very helpful to work with a recurrent UTI specialist. If you’d like more information on this, can you send us a direct message and let us know where you’re based? Melissa
Hey, amazing article. I’ve just finished a bunch of your article in the last hour as I fight back tears from the pain in my kidney from my 4th UTI this year! I definitely need to start the probiotics and I did some quick research but was wondering if you could direct me or help in terms of doses and whether taking an oral Lactobacillus rhamnosus and reuteri snd other mentioned strains along with a pessarie is okay. How can I look up a recommendation on pessarie dosages or do you have any feedback from others doing the same and what they might be using.
2) I also want to try wild oregano oil along with the antibiotics.Any opinions on this? Not suggestions or recommendations but more opinions 😉.
Thanks so much again!
Hi Rita, because research around probiotics for UTI is still in the early stages, the dosages are still basically experimental. Many people start with the manufacturer recommendations and tweak things until they find an approach that suits them personally. If you want to chat more about probiotics and oregano oil, can you send me a direct message? We can chat via email. Melissa
How can I find out if I have a biofilm?
Hi Susan, we have more information about standard UTI testing here, and testing alternatives here. If you have questions after reading those, let us know. Melissa
He’ll, great reading all the info on your excellent site. Really appreciated. Have you heard anything about acupuncture for chronic UTI’s? I’m 60 days into UTI’s and Kidney infections. 4 different antibiotics later, yeast infections requiring more meds, lots of supposedly good female probiotics, aloe capsules, etc etc. started long term Macrobid but had to stop after 6 days. Horrible side effects. Now Bactrim again, half dose for long term. Appt. with urologist soon as other doc no longer seemed interested. At least with all your research and info one can feel somewhat empowered to fight this battle. Thank you!
What were the bad side effects of macrobid , I was just prescribed now afraid to use.
Hi Joyce, we’ve published an article on UTI antibiotics and possible side effects. Every individual’s experience with antibiotics is different and it’s best to speak with you doctor about any concerns. Melissa
Hi Tara, we haven’t come across too much evidence-based information about acupuncture for UTIs so we haven’t covered it on our site yet. We do occasionally hear from people who have incorporated it into their approach. If you try it, it would be great if you can let us know whether it helps you personally. Melissa
Does anyone has information or can give me some light on how to treat this bacteria in my urinary tracts?
Hi Carlos, I saw you sent us an email as well, so I’ve replied there with some more info, but happy to answer any other questions you have, by email. Melissa
Hello, have you looked at homeopathic or Chinese herbal remedies?
Hi Joanna, we haven’t yet found any scientific evidence for homeopathic treatment of UTI, but we’re always on the look out for studies. There is more to support Traditional Chinese Medicine, and we have a few practitioners in our network who integrate this into their approaches. I’ve replied to your email with more info. Melissa
My question is is this sight just for asking about uti prevention or I have other questions abouta tumors on oviriies and how I was treated in hospital and I was giving wtonf medicine in hospital and would like to know the proper way that thinks should have been treated?
Hi Ashlee, the focus of Live UTI Free is recurrent and chronic UTI, so I’m afraid we can’t support with your query. All the best, Susy
Thank you so much for your story! I am similar, have had recurrent UTis for about 4 years. My urologist said that I have tested for every kind of bacteria, including e. Coli, gram positive and gram negative. I have a compromised immune system Ig G especially low. I have food allergies as well. I had a structural abnormality with both ureters. I had surgery for a kidney blockage in my right ureter twice, once 3 years ago and once this past February, then I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I also had surgery about 15 years ago for the same reason on the left ureter. Been getting UTIs constantly for 4 years. Doctor put me on a low dose antibiotic and I am still getting tested for another UTI Monday since I was in excruciating pain in my back this week. How do I make this craziness stop?
Hi Elizabeth, sorry to hear you’re going through this! Can you send me a direct message with more info on the types of testing you’ve tried and where you’re based, so I can share resources that may be useful? Melissa
I had microgen dx and grew enterococcus and staph epidermis. Do you have any information for me?
Hi Lindsy, I see you sent us an email, so I will get back to you with more information there. Susy
Thank you so much for sharing your experience and information on uti. I am going through recurring uti right after my periods for the 5th time now and just frustrated. I wonder if this has anything to do with menopause?! I will be going to see my urologist again today but dreading when the next period comes! Tried D-Mannose during periods as sussgested by the urologist but I guess it didn’t work! All activities have come to a stand still. I am an artist, and I love to paint in my studio an outdoors. But the Uti has completely left me demotivated, tired and in pain.
Hi Mohana, we’re currently working on some content about the hormonal link to UTIs, so I hope this will be helpful once it’s published. If you’d like more information on practitioners who may be able to help, or other resources, you can send me a direct message and I’ll get back to you asap. Melissa
I am so relieved to finally find a website dedicated to urinary tract health. I suffer from what seems to be uti after uti and it is the worst! Thank you so much! D-Manosse has been working at least with the symptoms for now.
Hi Debbie, I’m glad to hear that D-mannose is providing you relief. If you have any questions, feel free to send me a message and I’ll share what resources I can. Melissa
Wow, its very frustrating to see that everything listed still needs further research. I’ve tried most of them and they haven’t worked to prevent UTI’s. It seems the only solution is antibiotics until the scientific community finds a solution.
Hi Jamie, the UTI home remedies that have shown promise in studies are already helping some people, but it’s unlikely there will ever be a single solution that works for everyone. We have heard many success stories that have resulted from non-antibiotic approaches. Sometimes it helps to work with an integrative or complementary medicine practitioner, to guide this. I agree, it’s frustrating to have to wait for further research to provide better information, and hopefully it will happen sooner than later. Melissa
these success stories give me hope!
What is the correlation between a drop in estrogen just prior to a woman’s cycle starting and the high occurrence of UTIs around this time? Also, have you looked at boric acid vaginal suppositories as a form of alternative treatment for UTIs as well as bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections?
Hi Betty, there have been a number of studies into the relationship between estrogen and recurrent UTI, particularly among post-menopausal women. We are working on some content around this topic, and hope to have it up on our site in the coming months. In the meantime, if you’d like some links to studies, you can send us a message. We haven’t looked into boric acid yet, though we have noted its use and it’s on a list of potential remedies to cover in the future. If you have any good information regarding boric acid, please send it our way! Melissa
Thank you, just a huge thank you for doing this!!! It is beyond helpful in so many ways <3
Hi Marielle, you’re most welcome! Soon enough we will have an expanded article covering the research on all 10 home remedies we’ve listed. Then we’ll start covering other remedies that come up, so if there’s anything you’d like us to pay attention to, let us know. Melissa
Does anyone know anything about a cranberry product called Ellura?
Hi Mary, we don’t recommend or discuss specific products on our site, however, we have covered the research on cranberry and cranberry extract products. Large studies have failed to show any positive impact of cranberry or components of cranberry on recurrent UTI. It would seem the long held belief about cranberries for UTI is not all it’s cracked up to be. You can read more about the research into cranberry here on our UTI home remedies page, and we’ll be expanding on that more in the near future. Melissa