8 Holistic Strategies To Prevent UTI Naturally Without Antibiotics

Where to start to prevent UTI naturally 

It’s no fun to deal with chronic UTIs, especially if the only solution you have been offered is to take a low dose of antibiotics indefinitely but there is a strategy how to prevent UTI naturally.

I was in the same boat and I found my way out. I’m glad you are looking for alternative options, but reading won’t change much, you need to make an effort to break the cycle and prevent UTIs naturally without antibiotics. 

How to prevent UTI naturally:

  • Address underlying health issues that caused UTIs in the first place
  • Help your bladder lining to heal
  • Attack bacterial biofilms
  • Lower the amount of bad bacteria
  • Increase the number of good bacteria
  • Change your diet
  • Stop smoking and start exercising
  • Meditate 🙂

#1 Know Thyself To Prevent UTI Naturally: Fix The Cause First

The truth is, chronic UTIs could be caused by a variety of underlying health issues. You must figure out what caused your UTI in the first place before you could come up with an effective plan to prevent it from ever happening again.

If there is an underlying health issue that causes UTIs, fix that or at least take it under control.

What causes your UTIs? Have you checked with your physician to ensure you have uncovered the real reason for your chronic UTIs? Or have you been a compliant patient trying to prevent UTIs with a low-dose antibiotic treatment and without asking too many questions?

Don’t hesitate to request more medical attention when your long-term health is at stakes.

In most cases, your GP will treat you with rounds of antibiotics and advise you to pee before and after sex, wipe front to back and drink plenty of water. For some this would be enough, others will return for an antibiotic treatment again and again.

Don’t wait till it’s your 7th UTI in one year, ask your GP to run more tests and ask to see a specialist if you had more than 3 UTIs in a year.

There are several known health factors that could contribute to a higher risk of UTIs, I’m going to list several but this list is not conclusive.

UTI supplements

Female Specific Causes Of UTI

Estrogen Deficiency

Lack of estrogen negatively impacts the amount of good bacteria Lactobacilli a healthy woman normally has as a predominant type in her vaginal flora. These bacteria help to maintain healthy pH and deter pathogenic bacteria. If instead, the pathogenic bacteria start growing in the vagina, it is easier for them to then ascend to your urethra and cause a UTI.

More on estrogen and UTI and hormones & UTI.

Estrogen is also responsible for the health of your vaginal walls and overall ability of your vaginal epithelium to resist pathogenic bacteria.

If you are premenopausal or underwent a treatment that could have affected your hormone production, request blood work to confirm that your estrogen levels are healthy.

Tests to request: a blood test to check hormones

Imbalanced Vaginal Microbiota

If you keep getting UTI after sex, the answer might be in your vagina. Good bacteria that live in the vagina are your best friends and the first frontier in deterring pathogenic bacteria that are always present around your anus and on your genitals. Ironically, healthy vaginal flora is the first to come under an attack when you take antibiotics.

If you have been taking rounds of antibiotics for UTI or any other illness, make it your first priority to restore your vaginal flora. We still don’t know how good bacteria “fight” opportunistic bacteria but we know what type of bacteria seem to be more beneficial than others.

More on vaginal health and UTI

Tests to request: none, unfortunately, but if you have been fighting off BV or yeast infections, that could be a sign that your vaginal flora is compromised. In fact, BV is directly correlated to increased chances of contracting UTI.

Pregnant Women

Pregnancy is a risk factor, fortunately, you know how long it’s going to last. You’ll eventually deal with it by giving birth:). In the meantime, develop a comprehensive plan to support yourself and your growing baby and jump on a UTI prevention plan as soon as possible.

However, consult with your physician before you take any supplements. Let them know that you want to prevent UTI naturally and bring a list of supplements that you want to try.

Tests to request: Pregnancy test 🙂 your OBGYN will do a regular urine test to check for the number of bacteria in your urine

Male-Specific Causes Of UTI

If you are a guy having regular UTIs, I hope you are seeing a urologist, not a family doctor. In fact, even if this is your first UTI, I’d suggest going to a urology clinic and avoiding GPs altogether.

  • Things your urologist would & must check for:
  • Prostate enlargement
  • Prostate infection
  • Undiagnosed chronic health issues (for example, diabetes)
  • Stones

Once all of the above are ruled out or identified you can start putting together a supplementation plan together with your doctor.

More on UTI in men

Tests to request: Prostate check, ultrasound of kidneys, the urine test to check for stones and bacteria culture

Children: Things To Check

If your kid is prone to UTIs, ask for an ultrasound. As you know, urine flows from the kidneys to the bladder. In kids, due to structural abnormalities, sometimes the opposite is possible. It’s called Vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) which is the backward flow of urine from the bladder into the kidneys.  

Tests to request: ultrasound (also called sonography) to establish if the kidneys look normal and could also detect structural abnormalities. Ultrasound is painless and not invasive.

There are other tests that could be perfumed further to confirm the diagnosis and are used to determine if the bladder is emptying properly and involves a catheter. However, before jumping to more invasive tests or agreeing to any procedures, always go for a second ultrasound with a different specialist, preferably in a different busy urology practice.

Elderly

A chronic bacteriuria (high amount of pathogenic bacteria in the urine) that causes no UTI symptoms is a common issue in elderly. If you have parents in a nursing home and found out that they are given antibiotics for UTI treatment, ask for a urine test to establish the bacterial count.

It’s a known fact that nursing homes overprescribe antibiotics and frequently even when the case does not meet clinical guidelines for UTI treatment

Tests to request: urine test establish the bacterial count

Catheter-Related UTIs

Unfortunately, bladder infections and catheter use go hand in hand. Whether you are tending to somebody with a catheter or self-catheterize, here are important things to remember:

If a catheter is a temporary measure, check in with the hospital internist regularly on updates when it’s time to remove the catheter. Each day could increase the chances of the patient to contract a UTI by 3-7%. The longer it stays in place, the higher chances for a UTI and increased risk for bloodstream infections that could be lethal.

Sure, the nurses know what they are doing but ask the internist what is the minimum required time to keep the catheter and then check-in again when the time comes.

Here are the best practice guidelines that reduce catheter-related UTI that you should know:

  • Using only the silicon type of foleys catheter
  • Aseptic insertion
  • Daily renewal of a catheter
  • Emptying bag three-fourth via closed circuit
  • Choosing the appropriate catheter sizes,
  • Secure the draining tube on the thigh
  • Keep catheter bag below patient’s bladder level and not touching the floor
  • Removing the catheter as soon as possible.

#2 Heal Your Bladder To Prevent UTI Naturally

Healing your bladder lining is a critical step to prevent UTI naturally.

Unfortunately, repeated UTIs could cause chronic inflammation of the bladder lining (Urothelium) this reduces the ability of your bladder to defend itself from harmful organisms and makes it more susceptible to new infections

It’s also important to manage inflammation during an active UTI because an early severe inflammation response of your body may predispose you to chronic infections. 

Urothelium takes a long time to regenerate, up to 200 days. Keep it in mind when planning your diet and supplement therapy.

Bladder Health: Decrease Inflammation

Herbs

There are many plants that could produce an anti-inflammatory effect on your bladder. However, you must be careful with how much and for how long you are using any herbal products, especially diuretics (decreased blood potassium levels or hypotension may result as a consequence consuming too many diuretics). Certain health conditions are direct contraindications for any type of diuretics,

I’m not going to cover any of that here since it’s better if you consult with a physician prior to including any herbal tea or herbal supplement into your diet. Natural doesn’t mean safe.

  • Cornsilk
  • Marshmallow root
  • Couch grass
  • Aloe vera

Cornsilk is a soothing diuretic. Keep in mind that besides being detoxifying and relaxing, it is also a diuretic. Cornsilk contains volatile oils (such as carvacrol, alphaterpineol, menthol, and thymol), flavonoids (maysin and maysin-3′-ethyl ether). It also contains saponins, tannins, sterols, and alkaloids. All these components could be contributing to its soothing anti-inflammatory and diuretic effects.

Marshmallow root– soothing and healing. Contains large amounts of acidic polysaccharides that form thick, gluey substance called mucilage. Plants that produce lots of mucilage are traditionally known for their soothing, anti-inflammatory effects.

Couch grass (Agropyron repens) the traditional use of Couch Grass is for ailments of urinary tract, bladder, and kidneys. It is alleged to possess demulcent properties, which function in soothing irritation and inflammation. Couch grass also has diuretic properties.

Aloe Vera (Juice or capsules) (more on it here)


Minerals, Vitamins, And Supplements

Combination of hyaluronic acid (HA) and chondroitin sulphate (CS) demonstrated promising results in restoring bladder urothelium. More on this here.

Vitamin D. If you have been to a doctor since the beginning of the century you might have heard about the importance of preventing vitamin D deficiency. It is well-known that vitamin D plays an important role in the defense against bacterial infections.

Moreover, There are several studies that demonstrate the link between bladder health and vitamin D deficiency. A cynical study concluded that vitamin D deficiency was a factor in women’s susceptibility to UTIs.

Zinc – In animal studies, a deficiency in zinc was noted to affect the morphology of epithelial cells in the urinary tract. Zinc is also critical for your overall immune system support.

Magnesium is another cornerstone micro-element responsible for mitochondrial health. Healthy levels of magnesium are critical for nearly all wound-healing processes


#3 Fight Bacterial Biofilms

If you have a chronic UTI, there is a high chance that you are fighting bacterial biofilms stuck to your bladder lining. You need to destroy those biofilms in order to win.

I know, this sounds like quackery or Star Wars, but go to Pub Med and search for “Bacterial Biofilms UTI” to see hundreds of research papers on this topic.

The notion that you are fighting a single-celled organism is misleading and harmful. Pathogenic bacteria organize themselves in clusters and deploy a variety of tactics to remain alive at your expense.

Here is a very detailed post about bacterial biofilms and how to deal with them when you want to prevent UTI naturally.


#4 Decrease Number Of Pathogenic Bacteria

Once you start on a path of combating bacteria biofilms, combine it with a supplement that would help you to reduce the number of free-floating bacteria in your urine to prevent UTI naturally.

  • Bearberry (Uva Ursi)
  • Buchu
  • Garlic
  • D-Mannose

Bearberry leaves extracts (Uva Ursi). It turns out that there is a molecule in Uva-ursi called arbutin that in urinary tract transforms into ‘hydroquinone’ — a natural, potent antibiotic

Buchu: In 1821 this herb was in the British Pharmacopoeia as a medicine for “cystitis, urethritis, nephritis, and catarrh of the bladder.” Later it was included in the US National Formulary for its’ diuretic and antiseptic properties. Its use since has been abandoned but it’s an interesting supplement to include in your arsenal to prevent UTI.

Garlic is my go-to antibacterial herb when it comes to dealing with any bacterial infection. Personally, I take it if I feel the first signs of any infection: a sore throat, UTI, flue etc. I tolerate it well and have used both raw and tablet versions. While clinical studies are lacking to support the efficacy of garlic for UTI prevention, there are still plenty of interesting lab research done with this herb to support its use.

D-Mannose. I mention D-Mannose in almost every blog post. This is a simple sugar molecule that has pretty rare side-effects but delivers great results for many. In fact, there is a clinical study that demonstrated that D-Mannose as effective as a low dose of antibiotics to prevent UTIs. Read more about what’s D-Mannose and how to take it.


#5 Improve Vaginal Health

It happens so that most of UTIs among women are caused by bacteria that live in our own intestines.

The pathogenic bacteria travel from the anal area toward urethra, with a stop in your vagina.

If your vagina has healthy flora (meaning, plenty of healthy bacteria), the circumstances for bad guys are unfavorable and their chances to reach the final destination (your urethra) are lower.

If the vaginal flora is abnormal (yeast infection, wrong pH, BV etc..), the opportunistic bacteria can grow and multiply in your vagina, and then eventually reach your urethra.

Bottom line, you need healthy vaginal flora to prevent UTIs. Use special kind of probiotics.

Nope, yogurt alone won’t do it (read why).


#6 Balance Intestinal Flora

Remember those antibiotics you took for your UTI? Well, they kill bad bacteria but diminish the number of good bacteria too.

It’s important that you take a full spectrum of probiotics to re-populate your guts with good bacteria. This, in turn, will decrease the number of pathogens in your lower intestines and reduce chances for a UTI.

Also, good bacteria are responsible for a myriad of various important functions that affect your physical and even mental state.

Feed your good bacteria

Now that you are going to spend money on expensive probiotics, it’s better if you make couple changes in your diet. Friendly bacteria are picky and need certain nutrients if they are to repopulate your intestines. That’s right, bacteria need to eat to survive and they thrive on a variety of fibers. The more fiber is in your diet from different veggies, legumes, leafy greens, fruits and berries, the better.

For type A personalities who want to take an extra step in the right direction, there is also prebiotics.

Prebiotic is a type of powder that consists of several dried vegetables and a special type of sugars that are known to feed beneficial bacteria (that you are trying to grow) and at the same time, “bad” guys can’t digest that stuff.

Alkalize your urine & release BAC

The right diet full of veggies, fruits and berries also naturally alkalizes your urine and introduces all kinds of bioactive compounds aka BAC (phenolic acids, flavonoids, such as anthocyanins and flavonols, and tannins) as well as important micro-elements like magnesium.

Manage constipation

I don’t know why I’m spending so much time convincing you to eat fruits and veggies, but this boring advice is very important. If you need more motivation, though, consider this: constipation is a known risk factor for UTI.

It’s important to poop regularly for two main reasons.

First, regular bowel movements reduce the number of bad bacteria in your lower intestines.

Second, if you poop regularly, nothing compresses your bladder, you have more space in your lower abdomen and therefore better urine evacuation.

#7 Introduce More Physical Activity & Healthy Habits

Before we talk about healthy habits, make sure to get rid of unhealthy ones, especially smoking.

Stop Smoking

If you smoke, know that this habit directly contributes to bladder inflammation and other processes that ultimately damage urothelial cell integrity.  

As a result, you could be more prone to UTI-like symptoms even if you don’t have an active infection. 

Start Exercising

Are you a couch potato? Lack of exercise is a major cause of chronic diseases.

I know, you were probably hoping to find a miracle pill that will forever cure your chronic UTI and here I am, with the boring advice to eat right and exercise. This type of changes could be the most difficult ones, but in the long run, the most beneficial for your systemic health.

Drink more water

Yes, you’ve heard this before, but drinking more and peeing more is an important step in keeping your bladder healthy.

Switch to water, cut down on sugary and caffeinated drinks to promote urinary tract health (and healthier looking skin). Pathogenic bacteria and yeast love sugar, so choose water over soda.

Go To Bathroom Often

Does this description fit you: when you are doing something fun you prefer to wait a bit longer before going to a bathroom? If this is you and you are prone to UTIs, you need to change this habit.

Empty your bladder as soon as you feel the need to go. Waiting it out promotes bacterial growth, so don’t wait. Besides, standing up more often and getting away from your desk is also better for your overall health.

#8 Mindfulness And Gratification

Everybody is stressed nowadays, and everybody is stressing the importance of stress reduction. How ironic. Another thing to worry is how to be more relaxed.

Instead of listing all negative impacts that stress can have on your wellbeing, let’s focus on couple tactics that could help you to relax and feel happier. My favorite two are: count your blessings (literally), exercise, and meditation.

Count Your Blessings

There are multiple studies confirming that feeling of being thankful helps on the emotional and physical level.

One of the studies confirmed that gratitude related to 23% lower levels of stress hormones.

This is as simple as writing down five things you are grateful for every day. These could be as little or as big as you want.

List everything that pleased you today. Got home early? Acknowledge it and be thankful. Met with a friend for lunch and had a nice chat? Great, write it down. Ate your favorite ice-cream? Put it on the list.

Since being grateful helps you sleep better you could write (or even just think) about what you are grateful for right before you go to bed.

Meditation

Meditation could be a tough habit to work on, but it pays back.

If you never tried it, just know that meditation is easier than you might think. You don’t have to sit in a lotus pose at the sunrise or repeat mantras, you don’t need an expensive yoga mat. All you need is 5 minutes (for starters), comfortable chair, and an intention to practice.

There are many options that could help a beginner and most of them are free. Check out Real Happiness book by Sharon Salzberg that provides a 28-Day program of how to ease into the practice.

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Myths about preventing UTI naturally

Cranberry Juice

While Ocean Spray really wants you to believe in health benefits of cranberry juice, the fact that it contains sugar could do more harm than good. For every juice-industry sponsored study that promotes cranberry juice consumption, there is another with opposite findings.

If you personally believe in the power of cranberries, go for a supplement rather than juice.

Peeing Before And After Sex

This would only be helpful if your urine flow is strong enough. Also, unfortunately, bacteria are smarter than this and are able to attach even stronger when facing a urine flow. Therefore, you can only flush out non-pathogenic E.coli that do not have this mechanism of attachment or other pathogenic bacteria. In general, it’s a useful tip to lower number of bacteria in the urine but it’s not enough.

More Tips For Women

Change Your Contraceptive Methods

If you are using any products with Nonoxynol-9, check with your doctor to see if you could switch to an alternative option. Nonoxynol-9 is a popular component for many spermicides, and it also is known to be linked to UTI infections.

No Thongs

The small piece of the material fits right between your butt cheeks and by sliding back and forth it serves as a bridge for E. coli to conveniently transport from point “A” to point “V” so to speak. There are too many ways the bacteria can get into your vagina anyway, so don’t provide it with even more assistance.

Change Menstrual Pads Frequently

Avoid tight jeans and nylon underwear — they can trap moisture, creating the perfect environment for bacteria growth. Same goes for using liners and pads, change them at least every four hours.

Action plan.

  • Consult with your physician before starting ANY new supplement.
  • Many supplements could have adverse effects on your health and only your physician knows your personal medical history and if it’s ok for you to take these supplements. Always read instructions and side-effects information for any supplement you intend to take.
  • Stop taking and seek urgent medical help if you develop any kind of allergic reaction or unusual new symptoms.
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13 COMMENTS

  1. Hi- I am extremely frustrated with my situation. I have dealt with recurrent utis in the past by taking macrobid after intercourse. In my 20s I was cured no more utis after only 7 macrobids after intercourse. Ten years later in my 30s not the case. I got my first uti after 10 years when I began seeing my new significant other. The Gyno prescribed macrobid after intercourse. Silly me thinking I am a pro at utis- ha- stopped taking them after maybe 10x after intercourse. Well I got another uti. Urgent care prescribed Bactrim to which the bacteria was resistant. Then cipro which seemed to help but some symptoms such as pressure and pelvic pain were still present. I then went to a urologist who has me on Macrodantin every night and performed a cystoscopy which was normal. I still feel pressure and some pain. I’m drinking tons of water and taking probiotics. My cultures come back negative for bacteria but trace of leukocytes. I go back next week to urologist. I’m so frustrated and your site makes me feel better! Any tips or help would be appreciated!

    • Hello, Fed Up with UTIs 🙂 You gotta ask your doctor to do a vaginal culture and then address the findings. Most women with recurrent UTIs after sex have pathogenic bacteria colonizing their vaginas and it’s just a vicious cycle. Check out this post about vaginal probiotics.
      Best wishes,

  2. Thank you! Peeing right after sex does nothing for me.
    Could my problem lie in my partner? Ten years ago I was put on low dose antibiotics, had my urethra diluted due to so many recurring UTIs, the whole shabang.
    After changing partners, no need for antibiotics, no problems, no UTIs yay!
    Fast forward to now, I am back with that original partner, and my UTIs are back. With a vengeance. All my urine labs come back negative.
    I eat healthy, no dairy, no processed foods, no gluten. I exercise. Nonsmoker.
    I am fed up with this.
    Any ideas what could it be?
    My partner does not eat too healthy and he loves sweets so candida overgrowth could be present in him.

    • Haha 🙂 Like your nickname. Well, yeah, check this post about possible psychosomatic reasons for UTI, this approach definitely doesn’t have side-effects ::)
      Are you using same contraceptive methods? And what are your UTI symptoms generally?
      I’d also check your vaginal Ph and in general vaginal flora.

  3. Hi Anastasia V – Excellent website. Thank you for all your advice and guidance relating to UTI. I read the section on Catheter-related UTIs. My Urologist has found that my bladder has become too weak and it does push my pee and he has put me on a permanent catheter and leg bag. I have been givnen antibiotics Macrobid and Cypro for UTI.
    As I am prone to frequent UTIs, I am planning to try D-Mannose power to prevention. Currently, my pee smells like a rotten egg and is cloudy.
    I will greatly appreciate your advice.
    Warm regards
    Mohamed Manji

    • Thanks, Mohamed! Glad that you find it useful. D-Mannose is a great supplement. Also, check back, I’ll post an interview with Dr. Wright about D-Mannose and the saturated solution of potassium iodide (SSKI) (you can Google it). I’d see a naturopathic doctor if I were you for a prevention plan. Oh, and your current symptoms could be indicating another infection, but it’s best to check with a doctor.
      Best wishes,

  4. Hi there
    You recommend an extensive number of supplements for treatment and prevention of recurrent UTI which is very helpful, thankyou.
    However, where does one start? And do they work if taken in conjunction with each other?
    I want to try DMannose as a start to alternative antibiotic treatment but you also recommend probiotics, prebiotic s, NAC supplements for biofilms etc.
    What strategy would you recommend as an introduction fir treatment and prevention of UTI
    Thank you

    • Hi Ann, I would recommend you to start with identifying the cause. In your case, ask your physician if topical estrogen is appropriate. You should think of UTI as a side-effect of something else going wrong, not a disease on its own. If, for example, topical estrogen helps to restore vaginal flora in your case, you might not need anything else. Best wishes,

  5. Hello Anastasia,
    I have been reading your blog today, as I am suffering from recurrent UTIs for almost a year. I was perfectly healthy before that and I started having those UTIs when I switched from the contraceptive pill (combined pill, with oestrogens and progesterone), to a copper IUD. That one has no hormones. I strongly suspect a link between those 2 events. Have you heard about interaction mechanisms between copper ions, vaginal flora, and oestrogen levels? I could not find anything on that aspect. Even though my cycles are regular, do you think I should have my hormone levels checked? Thank you in advance, and thank you for your very useful blog!

    • Hi Marie,
      Not trying to diagnose, rather thinking out loud, always check with a doctor since I’m not a medical professional.
      Option #1: It could be IUD infected with E. coli (bacteria do tend to stick to metal and plastic easily and then become a source of constant infection).Here is a one case report on this topic. In fact, here is a paper considering an IUD a risk factor for UTIs.

      Option #2 It could be the fact that your hormones went through some shakeup when you stopped OCs. Hormonal changes have been linked to a depleted number of good vaginal bacteria. And then, if you were treated with antibiotics it further perpetuates the UTI cycle.

      At some point, it becomes irrelevant what started the problem (unless it is indeed IUD, or a bladder stone, or some other physiological issue that prevents normal urine flow or serves as a bacterial reservoir) since bladder lining becomes increasingly unhealthy and susceptive to bacterial colonization.

      Have you tried special probiotics?
      Other supplements?
      In terms of checking hormones – if you have other unusual symptoms or close to menopause than it definitely would make sense.

      Best wishes,

  6. I love your website! I have had recurrent UTI’s to some degree my whole life. But since menopause they are occurring more often. I do use a vaginal estrogen pill3 timesa week. I use probiotics and D-mannose. Cotton white underwear and all the other things I have found on your website except using tea tree oil suppositories weekly as a preventative. I have ordered some and will do that. I have figured out I can’t drink any type of black or green tea, not even decaf. I can handle that. But now I have a problem I hope you have some knowledge about. If I am outside in heat and sweat, I have to take a shower immediately when I come into the house to prevent an infection. I can do that. BUT last week we were on vacation and sightseeing in Florida. We were in and out of the heat and air conditioned areas. I got an infection even though I took d-mannose that morning and that evening. Would wearing diaper pads and changing them often prevent this? Take d-mannose during the ay too? Do you have any ideas? Thank you for all you are doing for us!

    • Hi dear Pam,
      Thank you so much for your kind words and for sharing your preventive tactics.
      Are you taking probiotics? If yes, next step is to help your body to accommodate good bacteria with diet and prebitoics.
      Also, since you have experienced multiple UTIs, there is a high chance that your UTIs are causes by a combo of bad bacteria, not only E. coli. That’s why D-mannose might not be very effective on its own. Check out this post about bladder supplements in case if you missed it.
      Here are couple ideas:
      1)Topical estrogen is important to help you to restore normal vaginal epithelium and support growth of good bacteria. I would recommend to check with a gynecologist and see if the product that you are buying is working.
      2) Use special probiotics to restore vaginal flora. It’s important to keep bad bacteria (including E. coli) at bay.
      3) Make sure diet and prebiotics are aligned with your efforts to restore good bacteria with probitotics.
      4) Take supplements that could aid in healing your bladder lining.
      5) Add a supplement that together with D-Mannose can target a wide range of bad bacteria (for example, garlic pills and NAC).

      I don’t think that pads is a good idea for UTI prevention, since every hygienic product has a tendency to become a breeding ground for bacteria. Unless you need them for incontinence I would not think they could help.
      Best wishes! It could be an exhausting battle, but there is hope.
      As you know, I’m not a doctor, so check with your physician if taking these supplements is appropriate.

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