Hello Dr. Betty,
You've probably heard many questions regarding vaginal health but I don't really have anyone else to ask. I'm 20 years old and I'm kind of ashamed of my.....lower region. My mother has never talked to me about taking care of myself so I kind of feel hopeless. I get constant UTIs, I take two showers a day and I still feel the itching and sometimes burning. The burning and itching is even worst after my period. I did get antibiotics for a recent UTI but the symptoms still persists. I'm not sure if it's my diet, the soap I use, or the occasional masturbation. I've tried unscented soaps body washes and then I tried just cleaning myself with water.....nothing worked. is it possible that not wearing underwear at times can cause frequent UTIs?
I'm really frustrated at this point and I sometimes feel ashamed of myself because I can't take proper care of myself.
Unless you are in severe pain avoid antibiotics. My Urologist gave me several rounds of Bactrin but the UTI kept coming back. Also be aware of how you wipe yourself after having a bowel movement. And make sure that no fecal matter is on your underwear or jeans you wear without undies. Too much scrubbing and cleaning of the vagina can wash away the friendly bacteria that lives inside. You don't want to upset the balance of flora and fauna. Consider taking a natual remedy like D-Manos or cranberry juice in pill form. When I was plagued by UTI's the white powder of D-Manose worked wonders. It's a simple sugar similar to cranberry that isn't used for energy so it flushes out the urinary tract. Also drink lots of wataer. After having penetration sex, be sure to urinate. Although it's not widely known in the US, urine is antiseptic and has been used for healing purposes. Carefully wash your hands before masturbating and request your boyfriend do the same including his penis. Keep all sex toys clean. A more alkaline diet helps in all healing processes. Also take advantage of D&R's website. Most important is to stop blaming yourself for being human. Selflove can go a long way in making us feel better.