UTI’s are commonly known as cystitis in women and urethritis in men. Unless treated early on, UTI’s can develop into more serious infections. You should consult your doctor if you suspect you have a UTI. Symptoms can be found here.
There are some natural ways to treat UTI’s. You should always consult your doctor before self-medicating, though. Pregnant women should not use essential oils and everyone should be careful what herbal remedies they use. Just because it’s herbal doesn’t mean there can’t be side effects!
Drink Cranberry Juice: Cranberry juice can help treat and prevent bladder infections because it makes the walls of the bladder slippery and prevents bacteria from gaining a hold.
You can try a yummy cran-apple recipe to help fight your UTI. Drink 6 glasses daily of this recipe at the first sign of an infection. If you’re prone to infections, drink 2 glasses a day as a preventative measure.
- 2fl oz (60ml) water
- 4fl oz (125ml) unsweetened cranberry juice
- 2fl oz (60ml) unsweetened apple juice
Flush Out Bacteria With Water: Drinking 6 glasses of water a day helps flush the body of problem-causing bacteria and can help prevent infections
Urinate Before And After Sex If You’re Prone: Just make sure you’re not holding any urine in. If you have to pee, then pee.
Drink Parsley Tea: Parsley is a naturally diuretic (meaning it’ll make you tinkle often) and helps to cleanse the body of infectious organisms.
To flush out the bladder, you should drink the following ingredients over a period of 3 hours to flush yourself out:
- 1/2 cup (20g) coarsely chopped fresh parsley
- 2 quarts (2.5 liters) water
Simmer the mixture for 5 minutes in a covered pot, steep for 15 minutes, strain and drink.
Drink Uva Ursi Tea: Uva Ursi is a potent antiseptic that combats UTI’s.
Make the tea with the following ingredients:
- 1 cup (250ml) boiling water
- 1 teaspoon dried uva ursi leaves
Pour the boiling water over the leaves, cover, steep for 15 minutes, strain, and drink 3 cups daily at the first sign of an infection. Continue drinking this tea for 3 days after the symptoms subside. Alternately, you can take half a teaspoon of an uva ursi tincture three times a day in a small amount of warm water. Don’t drink cranberry juice while you are taking uva ursi because the alkaline in the cranberries lessen the antiseptic properties of the uva ursi!
Make a Super Tea to Fight the Infection: Uva Ursi, echinacea, and goldenseal are a very effective infection-fight threesome.
Make a blend of these ingredients to fight the infection:
- 1fl oz (30ml) uva ursi extract
- 1/2fl oz (15ml) echinacea extract
- 1/2fl oz (15ml) goldenseal extract
Combine all these extracts in a dark glass bottle. This is to prevent light from getting to the extracts and spoiling them. Shake the bottle well and take 1 teaspoon of this mixture in a small amount of water 4 times a day. WARNING: Avoid goldenseal if you have high blood pressure or are pregnant!
Take a Sandalwood Bath: Aside from smelling nice, you’ll also be able to ease pelvic discomfort that accompanies bladder infections. Sandalwood is actually used in Ayurvedic medical practice to treat UTI’s.
Add 10 drops of sandalwood essential oil to a bath of warm water and soak for 20 minutes. Repeat daily until the infection has subsided.
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Need to figure out if your lube is latex-safe? Can’t find any definitive informative that says your lube is latex-safe? Does the bottle say it is but you suspect otherwise?
1. Get out a condom and blow it up like a balloon. Warning: Pink condoms sort of look like boobs when blown up.
2. Put a dollop of lube on the condom balloon.
Is it still the same size, or did it take a little while and then deflate in a matter of seconds?
If your condom balloon had a rapid deflation within a half and hour or so, your lube is not latex-safe. Never use a lube that will eat a hole through a condom when you’re using a condom for intercourse, be it vaginal, anal, or oral.
Even if it hasn’t eaten through it, be sure to check for any signs of change to the surface underneath the dollop. If the latex looks different when you wipe the lube away, don’t use that one with condoms.
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Yes, there is a female version of blue balls and I have it right now.
First of all, let me explain what “blue balls” is.
When a male is horny, blood rushes to his genitals and *poof!* an erection! If arousal goes on for an extended period of time without ejaculation, this causes vasocongestion. Vasocongestion is the accumulation of blood in the blood vessels of a region of the body, especially the genitals. This causes his balls to swell (normal swelling during erection is 20% but can increase over extended periods of arousal), become sore, and possibly take on a blue tint.
Female Blue Balls, or Blue Vulva
Just like men, women have a surge of blood towards their genitals when they are aroused. When aroused, the labia, vagina, and clitoris swell and lubricate. So, women are more likely to feel this soreness in the labia, clitoris, and the outer third of the vagina. There’s also the possibility of the vulva darkening due to the presence of extra blood.
This is what I’ve been dealing with. My labia feel so swollen and sore right now. I’ve been pretty frisky since yesterday evening after sucking hubby off, and I still haven’t gotten anything myself. Although he knows I’m frisky, he keeps brushing me off just to drive me nuts. Yes, I could try to take care of myself, but he’d probably catch me, stop me, and make things worse by getting me even more sore.
Plain and simple, to fix blue balls or blue vulva, you need an orgasm. After orgasm the body can return to a relaxed, non-excited state. Tension is released by the pulsations of muscles coming to orgasm or expelling ejaculate, and arteries and veins return to their normal size and functioning as blood quickly drains from the genitals, relieving pressure and reducing their usual size.
No orgasms means no relief. Both genders can experience a feeling of aching or heaviness in the genital and pelvic areas, because of vasocongestion. It’s very uncomfortable, but it’s not damaging to your health. There are other remedies for blue balls/blue vulva. These include application of an ice pack or warm compress to the genitals, or a cold shower. I always wondered why guys take cold showers. Really, I’d rather masturbate or have intercourse, but I guess when that’s your only option…
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If you smell like beer or a bakery, chances are you have a yeast infection. Other signs include vaginal itching, irritation, and inflammation accompanied by white discharge that looks a bit like cottage cheese. Yeast infections are actually quite common in women and are caused by an overgrowth of Candida albicans, which is a normal inhabitant of the vagina.
Overgrowth can be caused by a number of things: stress (which causes a general systemic weakness in the body), a high-sugar diet (Yeast loves sugar. Remember the burping sock puppets on Good Eats? Check out the video to see what Alton and the burping sock puppets have to say about yeast), lack of air flow (Yes, thongs that are too tight really can lead to yeast infections. Your mom was right), or hormonal fluctuations. All of these can upset the delicate balance of the vagina.
Even if you love smelling bread, (I do. I really do. Must..bake..something…!) you need to take care of a yeast infection before it develops into something more serious. Below are some natural ways to fight those burping sock puppets…er, I mean fungi.
Starve the Fungi: You can prevent yeast infections by avoiding refined foods and food with high sugar content. You can also take supplements of Lactobacillus acidophilus to help repopulate the healthy intestinal flora to keep the fungi in check. Take 1 supplement with each meal for a 1 month.
Restore Healthy Vaginal Flora: After dealing with a yeast infection, you can help restore the healthy flora in your vagina by inserting a capsule of Lactobacillus acidophilus into your vagina before you go to bed. Repeat each night for 2 weeks. Don’t worry, the capsule will dissolve during the night.
Common Ways to Prevent Yeast Infections
Avoid tight-fitting clothing (Don’t whine!) and synthetic underwear. They encourage the proliferation of yeast organisms.
Avoid scented toilet paper, bubble baths (Again, don’t whine!), deodorant soaps, and deodorant/scented tampons and/or menstrual pads. All of those contain chemicals that dry out your sensitive vaginal tissues and produces an excellent playground for microorganisms to breed.
Try an Herbal Vagina Rinse: Thyme, sage, and rosemary are all potent infection-fighters. They have antimicrobial properties which inhibit the overgrow of the fungi that causes yeast infections.
Combine the following:
- 1 1/2 cups (375ml) boiling water
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 teaspoon dried sage
Pour the water over the herbs, cover, steep for 20 minutes, strain and use as a vaginal wash twice daily.
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