Amid the antibiotic crisis, turns out there are other options to treat UTIs, and consumers are telling their doctors to listen.
The recent press coverage surrounding rising worldwide antibiotic resistance have raised alarm bells for women’s health in the United States. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common bacterial infection worldwide and antibiotics are failing in their war against E. coli, the bacteria most often contributing to these infections. The facts are staggering. More than 1 million women in the US are hospitalized each year with serious UTI-related kidney issues, with over 23,000 cases resulting in death. So, what gives?
Like many women, I was thrilled to see that Matt Richtel’s article on UTIs’ increasing resistance to antibiotics in the New York Times. It provided so much needed education around the issue. After his piece, the newspaper was flooded with comments from 600+ women talking about their own experiences with UTIs. The conversation jolted Richtel to raise the flag on the discussion and look into additional answers.
Our own national survey, conducted this year among over 800 women, shows that estimated 43 million women have had a UTI within the past year, and 12 million have had multiple episodes within that same year. And some have given up on the standard antibiotic routine prescribed by their doctor, choosing instead to try a natural supplement. And they are spreading the word.
Here’s what a woman in Colorado says: “During a trip (these things always crop up at the worst times!) a few months ago I was starting to get the first signs of an UTI (frequency, burning, irritation) so I quickly started taking Goodbye UTI . After a few days, my symptoms were completely relieved, and I felt normal again; PLUS, the symptoms did not come back! I would highly recommend this product to anyone who suffers with frequent UTI’s. It really worked and saved me from taking more antibiotics (which I try to avoid).”
A 75-year-old woman expressed a common lament about traditional medicine: “It’s so sad MDs don’t know a thing about this product. Reliance on antibiotics is all that’s prescribed. This product, with just 2 doses x’s 2 days showed its effectiveness… I recommend the powder form!”
And they are turning to naturopathic doctors.
“UTI kept returning despite 3 courses of antibiotics. I called a doctor I knew who specializes in natural remedies. He told me about D-mannose and sent some to me over-night. I started taking it on a Tuesday. By Wednesday the pain was gone. By Thursday the pressure was gone. I kept taking it for two more days. The UTI left and did not come back.”
“I’m a young woman (21 years old) and I’d been getting urinary tract infections once a week for a year and a half. My urologist prescribed antibiotics once a day but that didn’t help, so I saw a naturopath who suggested D-Mannose and it has helped me tremendously…And I guarantee positive results if taken correctly.” (Christa, 19–24 Female)
The larger question remains: How do women, and the medical community at large, move past the dangers of failing treatments and realize the power of prevention to stave off illness? In theory, antibiotics are prescribed after an infection is found, whereas supplements are often utilized before infections can take hold.
Other countries are ahead of the U.S. in seeking new solutions to this problem, and have been conducting clinical trials for several years on natural supplements for recurring UTI’s. Here, both the pharmaceutical and medical communities refuse to acknowledge that there is a significant and growing problem to be solved and continue to stick to the proscribed antibiotic treatment.
The fact that women are finally speaking means that we have come a long way, yet there is still more to be done. We’d love to get your thoughts on this and hear about your experiences with UTI treatments.