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Experts Say Don't "Hold It In" - Or You Put Yourself at Risk for a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

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While not placing blame on women who get urinary tract infections, I recommend trying to empty the bladder more frequently, especially at the onset of UTI symptoms in order to flush the bacteria out of the bladder, thus preventing their replication, adherence to the bladder wall, and creation of even more painful symptoms.

According to a survey conducted for Cystex® Urinary Pain Relief Tablets by Harris Interactive, nearly six out of ten women have reported suffering from a urinary tract infection (UTI), with many blaming their last UTI on waiting too long to urinate. Whether that was the cause or not, one strategy for UTI prevention may be to try to avoid "holding it in," advises the experts.

Seems that the old saying, "When you gotta go, you gotta go," holds true when it comes to urinary tract health. Holding in urine for too long can set the stage for the onset of a painful UTI, according to Elizabeth Kavaler, M.D., a board-certified urologist whose specializes in female urinary health. "While not placing blame on women who get urinary tract infections, I recommend trying to empty the bladder more frequently, especially at the onset of UTI symptoms in order to flush the bacteria out of the bladder, thus preventing their replication, adherence to the bladder wall, and creation of even more painful symptoms."

As author of the new book, A Seat in the Aisle, Please! The Essential Guide to Urinary Tract Problems in Women (Copernicus Books, 2006), and one of just 500 female urologists nationwide, Dr Kavaler says, "Because many of us are on the 'go,' we tend not to make enough time to let the bladder drain completely. It is important to listen to our bodies. When you need to go, you need to go." She adds, "Be sure to urinate at least four to six times a day. When urinating, try to sit down (versus squatting), relax the pelvic muscles, and allow the bladder to empty fully."

Although most of us dread the idea of using a public restroom, maintaining a healthy bladder means that we may need to avail ourselves of bathrooms at home, at work, and out in public. According to the Cystex® survey, 70% of women reported walking out of a public restroom without using it because of cleanliness concerns. So, to help women find sanitary facilities, Cystex® has partnered with The Bathroom Diaries to present a "ladies' room finder", featuring reviews, hours of operation, and other details about public restrooms nationwide on its Web site, http://www.Cystex.com.

Cystex® is a unique urinary analgesic sold over-the-counter that combines a pain reliever for temporary relief of the burning and discomfort of urinary tract infections (UTIs), along with an anti-bacterial agent that helps slow the replication of the bacteria until you can see your healthcare provider for definitive treatment. To learn more about urinary tract infections and to see the Bathroom Diaries ladies' room finder, visit http://www.cystex.com.

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