Dr. Elizabeth Kavaler Answers Frequently Asked Burning Love Questions

October 6th, 2014

UTIs are a very unwelcome, yet very common third wheel in our relationships. In fact, UTIs are the most common medical complaint among women in their reproductive years, and 80% of women contracted them within 24 hours of sexual activity.  But did you know the experience of a UTI and the fear of contracting another one can have consequences that go beyond the physical? Our resident expert and board-certified urologist, Elizabeth Kavaler M.D. weighs in on the subject.

“To call UTIs ‘mood killers’ would be an understatement,” says Elizabeth Kavaler, M.D. “Many women who have one UTI will have another, and another, and if you identify sex as the trigger, it can have a serious impact on your libido and your relationship.”

So, how can women get a handle on the sex-UTI issue?  Dr. Kavaler offers her answers to questions she most commonly receives:

  •  I feel like I’m getting UTIs constantly! Why is this happening, and how do I make it stop?

It’s not unusual for women to get UTIs in ‘clusters.’ Women usually come to see me after they have had two, three or even four in a row. The cause of the cluster is elusive, but fortunately, they eventually stop occurring so frequently.  Most importantly, they are not harmful, as the bladder lining regenerates after each infection, and no evidence of the event is left behind.   In the meantime, there are things you can do to help make you less susceptible, one of which is Cystex® Liquid Cranberry Complex with Proantinox.”

  •  Can having more sex than usual be the cause of a UTI?

For most women, frequent or lengthy sexual activity does not cause UTIs, but on the other hand, the term ‘Honeymoon Cystitis’ was coined for a reason! This can especially be true if you’ve gone a length of time with little to no sexual activity and then suddenly start having a lot.  It is not clear whether it’s a matter of mechanics (increased friction or trauma can lead to bacterial entry) or adaptability (partners acclimate to one another with more regular encounters).”

  •  I swear that my new partner is giving me UTIs! Does this happen?

“The truth is that UTIs are not sexually transmitted diseases. But I do hear this a lot, and it’s particularly distressing if you really like the guy!  Thankfully, observational data suggests that the more frequent the encounters are with the same person, the more likely the infections will be to resolve.  In other words, sticking with the same guy and having regular sex with him is a good method of reducing the frequency of the infections.”

  •  Fear of a UTI is seriously affecting my desire to have sex. What can I do to get over this?

“We all know experimentation can be good, right?  Try a little more foreplay to make sure you are adequately lubricated, or use a water-based lubricant to minimize irritation to the urethra. Try increasing your water intake so that you can urinate after sex to flush out the bacteria that’s introduced during the act. When you urinate, sit, don’t squat, and take an extra second or two to empty, as retaining urine in the bladder will increase the likelihood of contracting a UTI. And don’t underestimate importance of Kegel exercises. Kegel exercises, when done regularly, can keep the important pelvic floor muscles toned, which helps ensure proper bladder function and can even an enhanced sexual experience. Click to learn more about kegels.”

  •  It’s hard for me to get to the doctor right away when I get a UTI.  Is there a way I can get rid of it myself?

The fact is that UTIs need medical treatment, but an over-the-counter medication like Cystex® PLUS Urinary Pain Relief Tablets can help with symptoms until you can see the doctor. Cystex PLUS is a great choice because it not only relieves the discomfort, but also contains an antibacterial agent to help stop the progression of the infection while you’re waiting for your appointment.”

For more info on Cystex and other important information about urinary tract infection prevention and care, visit us at www.cystex.com or see you on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/cystex.


Cystex Romantic Night In Giveaway

August 19th, 2014

Picture 4Could you use a date night with that special someone? Well, we want to help you celebrate with an intimate night at home… no cooking required! And because a hot date should never be ruined by the “burn” from honeymoon cystitis… enter our Cystex® “Romantic Night In” Giveaway!

There’s only TWO days left so hurry up and visit us on Facebook to enter before 12pm EST Thursday, August 21, 2014 for a chance to receive a gift certificate towards a gourmet dinner for two delivered to your door from GourmetStation.com, a $150 Victoria’s Secret gift card and a box of Cystex PLUS Urinary Pain Relief Tablets as well as a bottle of Cystex Liquid Cranberry Complex.

The final winner will be randomly selected and announced on the Cystex Facebook page on Thursday, August 21st, 2014.

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“Burning Love” Music Video Release

July 25th, 2014


“Burning Love” is usually a good thing…unless you’re referring to the dreaded burn and discomfort of a post-sex urinary tract infection. UTIs are a very unwelcome, yet very common “third wheel” in our relationships. In fact, after the flu and common cold, urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common medical complaint among women in their reproductive years, and 80 percent of women with UTIs contracted them within 24 hours of sexual activity.

That’s why we released our own video staring our Facebook page hostess, The Cystex Ladies Room Gal, singing about the sex and UTI connection in our “Burning Love” beat. You won’t be able to get this song out of your head, so share with your girlfriends and sing along! View it on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lO86sCQdcE


For more information about Burning Love, go to our Burning Love page on the website to learn about the topic, treatment and Cystex products at http://www.cystex.com/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=Burning+Love_v3.

Have a Case of Burning Love? Four Easy Tips to Decrease Honeymoon Cystitis

June 27th, 2014

Sometimes romance isn’t the only thing that heats up when you’re hitting the sheets. Have you ever wondered about the connection between sex and UTIs? You’re not alone. Many women may know there’s a connection between sex and UTIs but are probably not 100% sure what they can do to reduce the risk of infection.

As you can image, the term honeymoon cystitis coined its name from a urinary tract infection that occurs with increased sexual activity (not just on your honeymoon). In fact, due to bacteria that are introduced to the urethra during intercourse, 80% of women contract an infection 24 hours after having sex. Elizabeth Kavaler, MD explains more about sex and UTIs in  this video and we’ve outlined some helpful tips below to help avoid infection when things heat up.

  • Always Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of H2O is a key to overall bladder health. Usually 6-8 glasses daily is the recommended amount and it also helps if you cut back on dehydrating beverages such as caffeine and alcohol that can irritate the bladder. Staying hydrated will increase frequency of flushing out the bladder, which brings us to our next point…
  •  Empty Your Bladder After Sex: You may have heard urinating 30 minutes after sex will help to wash out any bacteria that have crept in and been introduced to your urethra during intercourse. While this is accurate, it’s important to remember, this rule is only true if the bladder is actually full enough to create a powerful stream. For proper urination, staying hydrated throughout the day will help since grabbing a glass of water may be the last thing on your mind before getting busy.
  • Stay Lubricated: It’s important to decrease friction to prevent irritation during intercourse. Use of a water-soluble personal lubricant can help to decrease stress and friction on the tissue that can be a common contributor to introducing bacteria. 
  • Cystex to the Rescue: If you find that you’re more prone to UTIs, maintain bladder health with a daily tablespoon of Cystex Liquid Cranberry Complex (clinically-proven safe and effective in preventing reoccurring UTIs). And if a night of burning love does lead to a UTI, remember to take your Cystex PLUS Urinary Pain Relief Tablets to manage the pain and stop the progression of infection while you wait to see your doctor.

For giveaways and more Burning Love tips, check out what our Cystex Ladies Room Gal is saying on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cystex. Is Cystex Liquid Cranberry Complex and/or Cystex PLUS Urinary Pain Relief Tablets your #1 when it comes to bladder health? Visit our website and leave a review by clicking on your favorite product at http://www.cystex.com/help-ive-got-a-uti/cystex-urinary-pain-relief-tablets-reviews/ and http://www.cystex.com/how-do-i-prevent-utis/cystex-liquid-cranberry-complex-reviews/ 

Nurture Your Bladder with Nutrition

April 30th, 2014

As we head into warmer months, the chance of contracting bacterial infections, including UTIs, increases 17% with every 10-degree temperature rise. Fortunately, there are some berry healthy ways you can take care of your bladder health, including proper nutrition and taking advantage of all the fresh produce now available in stores and farmers markets.

Fruits and vegetables — especially those high in antioxidants and vitamin C — are known to help prevent bladder infections. Plus, by eating your share of fruits and veggies your body will gain other beneficial nutrients as well like vitamin E, vitamin C and fiber.

It’s simple – just blend up some of your favorite fruits and veggies from the list below into a morning better bladder smoothie and add in your daily teaspoon of Cystex Liquid Cranberry Complex for extra taste and bladder protection against reoccurring UTIs.

Kale: Kale is growing in popularity for a reason. This leafy green is high in vitamin E and is considered a powerful antioxidant, helpful in fighting off infection. Toss a handful into a smoothie or sauté with garlic for a delicious side.

Pears: Many of those who suffer from IC (Interstitial Cystitis) swear by this power fruit! A medium sized pear packs as much fiber as 6 prunes and will give you 10% of your daily vitamin C allowance. They also contain more antioxidants than many other fruits and are great for satisfying a sweet tooth.

Cranberries: The most common fruit used for combating UTIs, cranberries have been known to prevent bacteria from attaching to cells in the bladder causing the bacteria to get flushed out with urine. Cystex Liquid Cranberry Complex promotes bladder health with our proprietary blend that also contains D-Mannose, FOS (inulin), bromelain, and vitamin C to further protect against infection. You can find the benefits to all the ingredients in our Cystex Liquid Cranberry Complex here.

Blueberries: Much like its berry cousin, cranberry, blueberries have been shown to provide some protection against UTIs and an overall health boost. Blueberries alter the bladder tissue so that bacteria are not able to adhere long enough to establish an infection. Plus, they’re tasty!

Carrots: When you were younger didn’t you get sick of hearing, “eat your carrots”? Well, turns out they were right. Carrots contain a high amount of beta-carotene (antioxidant and vitamin A precursor) and are a great way to give yourself a health boost. Look for the carrots with the deepest orange color; they typically contain the highest levels of beta-carotene.

Ready to introduce these bladder super foods into your diet? What better way to enjoy it than in a smoothie? Until 12:00 P.M May 2, 2014 visit us on Facebook to enter our Berry Healthy Bladder Spring Sweepstakes! Enter to receive your own juice extractor, $50 Walmart gift card for fresh produce and Cystex Liquid Cranberry Complex to make your own better bladder smoothie.

For more information on healthy diet tips for maintaining good bladder health head to Dr. Kavaler’s Korner. Dr. Kavaler also shares answers to other common questions asked about urinary tract infection symptoms and treatment.






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 Livestrong.com. 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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3_Iuaaym_I

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?”



Find out more about Kegeling at: http://www.cystex.com/Pages/yourbladdermatters