The Unfair Truth: Why Women Get UTIs more than Men

April 1st, 2014

It goes without saying that there are many differences between men and women. One of those differences is the chance of contracting a urinary tract infection (UTI). One in three women will contract a UTI within her lifetime, while the risk for men is only one in twenty.

In men between the ages of 20-50 years old a unitary tract infection is rather uncommon.  But for women, this same age range is a danger zone for UTIs. In fact, after the common cold and flu a urinary tract infection is the most common infection among women.

So, Ladies…the question is, “Why us?” Here are some of the reasons:

  • Where We Fall Short: Many attribute women’s susceptibility to the shortness of the female urethra. The female urethra is 1.5 inches in length compared to 8 inches in men, meaning the bacteria has a lot less distance to travel to start its trouble-making!
  • Allergies: We love our bubble baths and scented soaps, but they may contain ingredients that trigger skin allergies.  These allergies can sometimes cause swelling of the urethra, which can inhibit urination, making it harder for the body to flush bacteria out of the bladder.
  • Contraceptives: Barrier contraceptives like diaphragms or condoms are often used with spermicides that can kill the protective or “good” bacteria in the vaginal area and clear the way for the bad bacteria. Most spermicidal foams or gels used with diaphragms contain a chemical nonoxynol-9 that is associated with upping the ante for UTI risk.
  • “The Change”: Unfortunately hot flashes and night sweats aren’t the only downfall of menopause. The chances of getting a UTI during menopause are at its highest. Since during this time there is a loss of estrogen, the walls of the urinary tract begin to thin which lowers the bladders ability to resist bacteria. The estrogen loss can also reduce certain immune factors that help block . E. coli from attaching to your vaginal cells.   

Luckily there are a few things we can do to improve our odds against this unfair  truth.

For starters, take one tablespoon daily of our Cystex Liquid Cranberry Complex to take charge of your bladder health. One tablespoon has benefited millions of women susceptible to reoccurring and painful UTIs with its proprietary blend. Also, remember to stay hydrated and practice proper bathroom hygiene like the “two-paper rule.” Use one piece of toilet paper to wipe urine and a second separate piece to wipe everything else.

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Do You Have a Date with a UTI this Valentine’s Day?

February 12th, 2014

Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate love, but for many women, Cupid’s special moments can be ruined by an unpleasant side effect!  It’s estimated that 80 percent of premenopausal women with a UTI contracted it within 24 hours of sexual activity. Consider some of these tips to keep your heart AND your bladder happy this Valentine’s Day.

  •  Balance out the bubbly: Drinking wine or champagne may set the mood for a romantic evening, but alcohol can also leave you dehydrated, which impedes your body’s natural ability to flush bacteria out of your bladder.  Try matching each glass with a glass of water.
  • Don’t Skip Trips to the Potty: It’s tempting to just snuggle up and go to sleep after lovemaking, but it’s important to take the time to empty your bladder after sex to help avoid infection. Drinking a glass of water before hitting the sheets will help ensure a strong enough “stream” so that you can adequately flush out bacteria. If you can’t tell already, water is your friend!
  • Know What’s Too Hot to Handle:  This doesn’t apply to everyone, but some women have pinpointed dietary triggers like these certain foods highlighted in Spicy foods can be an irritant, so turn down the heat when you place your order!
  • Take Your Position: If you’re taking your romance to the next level, stick with positions that create the least amount of friction near the opening of the urethra and consider using a small amount of lubricant before sex to help restore acid/base balance that is necessary to help avoid infection.
  • Remember to Kegel:  Strengthen your pelvic floor by doing your daily Kegels. Not only does a strengthened pelvic floor help lower UTI risk, but it can also lead to more enjoyable sex! Take a look at our video for step by step instructions on how to Kegel:

If you find yourself struck with a UTI along with Cupid’s arrow, Cystex PLUS Urinary Pain Relief Tablets can provide relief until you can see the doctor.  And if you’re prone to recurrent UTIs, consider adding Cystex Liquid Cranberry Complex with Proantinox to your daily routine.

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Is Your Coach Bag or Jimmy Choos Causing Your UTIs?

November 7th, 2013

WARNING: What we are about to say may sting a little:  those large, stylish bags that you carry your life around in, or those skyscraper-high heels that make your calves look awesome, may actually be putting you at risk for more frequent UTIs, especially if you are prone to them.

We know, we know, you NEED those fashion items – we totally get it – but even docs are telling us this!

Larrian Gillespie, a retired urogynecologist and author of the book, You Don’t Have to Live with Cystitis, The Groundbreaking Guide to the Prevention and Cure of One of Women’s Most Stubborn Ailments (Quill, An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers), says that wearing shoes that are too high for your hip and leg structure can cause the torso to tilt forward, which forces the hips and spine out of alignment. If this occurs often, you could develop a “swayback,” which is a painful condition that creates pressure on the nerves in the lower back. This pressure contributes to “inefficient urination,” which is the precursor for urinary tract infections, particularly in women who seem more prone to them.

And that big bag you’re always carrying around? You should lighten the load a bit, too.   Carrying a heavy tote or large, filled-to-the-brim purse, no matter how chic, can also contribute to the development of a “swayback.”

So where does this leave us on terms of looking fabulous? There are plenty of footwear and accessory options to stay within guidelines and keep you looking stylish while staying healthy. If you are prone to lower back problems and find you get recurring UTIs, consider your fashion choices.  You can also try Cystex® Cranberry Urinary Health Complex to help maintain better bladder health!


How-To Kegel

October 30th, 2013

Kegeling is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Locate your pelvic floor muscles. Next time you’re going, try to stop your urine mid-flow.  If you’re successful, you’ve located the right muscles.
  2. Lift UP and IN.  In order to contract the pelvic floor muscles once you locate them, you must squeeze them up and in toward your spine.
  3. SQUEEZE.  Hold your pelvic floor muscles tightly, up and in, for 5-10 seconds.  Relax for 5-10 seconds after holding.


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One “Desk Worthy” Exercise You Should Do for the Down Under

October 23rd, 2013

We’ve all seen those articles, “10 Best Exercises You Can Do at Your Desk”. Yet, the one that’s the easiest, quickest and might reap the best return is often left out – Kegels!

Kegel exercises are the contraction and release of the pelvic floor muscles. That’s right, the muscles that you can identify easily if you hold your urine midstream (the muscle that you squeeze in this instance is the same one you squeeze for Kegels). Strengthening them can be a preemptive defense for many bladder issues and will even help improve your sex life!  Most healthcare professionals suggest Kegeling regularly – ten (10) seconds, three times a day, and the best part… it can be done discretely anytime, anywhere.  At your desk, in your car, sitting at lunch…we won’t judge!  In fact, we even made a music video about it that over 40,000 people have watched: “I’m Kegeling.  Are You?”



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Time to Spring Forward: Encourage a Healthy Bladder with Diet Changes

March 22nd, 2013

Ahh…spring is here.  Longer days, warmer evenings, shorter clothes and bigger smiles are around the corner. Good news for sure, but experts advise that UTIs (urinary tract infections) are more prevalent in the warmer weather months. That makes it important to start monitoring your intake of water to make sure you’re drinking frequently, and take steps to start adjusting your diet to include bladder-friendly foods that may limit urinary problems this season.

What foods should you avoid to promote bladder health? Acidic foodveggiess, spicy foods, alcohol and caffeine are thought to irritate the lining of the bladder. Elizabeth Kavaler, M.D., a female-focused urologist and author of the book, A Seat On The Aisle, Please! suggests that dietary modifications remain one of the mainstays of treatment for sensitive bladders.  The best way to determine which foods irritate your bladder is to eliminate all foods/beverages within the acidic, spicy, alcoholic and caffeinated groups altogether. Then, reintroduce each group one at a time. If the symptoms (e.g. burning, urgency/frequency, pressure, pain) return after the introduction of a particular food, then that food is likely the irritant. If you’re prone to UTIs, consider adding Cystex® Cranberry Urinary Health Complex to your diet to help promote urinary health. One tablespoon is just one calorie and all you need for UTI protection. Making these adjustments in your diet and drinking plenty of water will help make your bladder happier and healthier…

Dr. Kavaler gives her diet advice in this video, as part of the Kavaler’s Korner Video Series by Cystex.

Dr. Kavaler is an important part of the online community that Cystex® has created and is looking forward to providing valuable information on urinary tract infections and urinary health. Look for her “Dr. Kavaler’s Korner” tips on our Facebook page, and join in our discussion!
Please note: This expert is providing advice and opinion for informational purposes only, which should not be construed as a formal medical diagnosis by a physician. The experts and DSE Healthcare, maker of the Cystex® brand, urge you to speak with your own health care provider for proper diagnosis and treatment of any medical conditions.

Cystex Very Berry Giveaway!

November 14th, 2012


There’s no better time to celebrate the gift of the cranberry, than during Thanksgiving and the holiday season! This year, the Cystex Facebook page wants to give thanks to Cystex Facebook fans by offering them a BERRY great opportunity!

Tis’ the season, after all… to be BERRY!


Starting on November 12, 2012 through November 26, 2012, Cystex fans can enter theCystex Very Berry Giveaway for their chance at being randomly selected as a grand prize winner or runner up winner. One grand prize winner will receive a Burberry purse, and one runner up winner will receive a Burberry scarf. Both of the winners will also receive a cranberry scented candle and Cystex Cranberry Urinary Health Complex, clinically proven to promote urinary health.


Cystex Cranberry Urinary Health Complex is a lactose-, gluten-, and sugar-free synergistic combination of drug-free ingredients that delivers the benefits of multiple glasses of cranberry juice, but without the sugar, and contains 17 times more proanthocyanidins (naturally occurring compounds with high antioxidant properties) than cranberry tablets.


Cystex Cranberry Urinary Health Complex has the tried and true “Proantinox” formula that kicks up those cranberry benefits.  It includes natural cranberry concentrate to inhibit E. coli bacteria from adhering to the wall of the urinary tract, D-Mannose (the active component in cranberries), to help increase the bacterial anti-adherence effect (E.coli bacteria adhere instead to the D-Mannose and are expelled in the urine), Bromelain (from pinapples), a natural anti-inflammatory; Vitamin C, to help maintain adequate urine acidity, which creates a less welcoming environment for E.colibacteria, and FOS (inulin), a prebiotic that stimulates the growth of bifidobacteria (healthy or “good” bacteria) in the colon to keep the “bad” bacteria in check.


Have a Happy Thanksgiving and a very BERRY holiday season, everyone!


Is a Healthy Diet and Drinking Water Enough? Could Perimenopause Cause Continual UTIs?

October 12th, 2012

You drink plenty of water. You pay close attention to your diet. Is that enough to keep UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections) at bay? Will a healthy diet and staying hydrated prevent UTIs?

What if you’re perimenopausal; could that cause continual UTIs?

Elizabeth Kavaler, MD was asked if diet, amount of water consumption, and perimenopause had anything to do with UTIs. As part of the Kavaler’s Korner Video Series  by Cystex, this video segment addresses these commonly asked questions related to UTIs.

Is a Healthy Diet and Drinking Water Enough to prevent a UTI? Could Perimenopause Cause Continual UTIs?


Are you more likely to get A UTI before or after your period?

October 10th, 2012

It’s that time of the month again…  you shouldn’t worry about a  UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) too.

If you’re wondering if you’re more likely to get a UTI before or after your period, your answer awaits!…

Elizabeth Kavaler, MD, responds to this commonly asked question in this short video segment, part of the Kavaler’s Korner Video Series  by Cystex.  Take a look and see if that unpleasant “time of the month” can have potential to be multiplied by a UTI…

Does Getting Your Period Make You More Prone To UTIs?

Is There A Relationship Between Sex And UTIs?

September 12th, 2012

Are you getting more UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections), now that you’re having sex with a certain partner? Are you wondering if there is a correlation between sex and UTIS? You’re not alone…

A commonly asked question is whether sex with a certain partner leads to  UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections). Elizabeth Kavaler, MD  gives her input on how sex and UTIs are related in this video, part of the Kavaler’s Korner Video Series  by Cystex. Take a look!

 What’s the relationship between sex and UTIs?