Do you have a bladder infection on a regular basis? THIS might be the unexpected cause!

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This might be causing your bladder infection

You keep feeling like you have to pee, but once you’re on the toilet only a few drops come out. Peeing hurts and your urine is cloudy… Yep, it’s happening again: a bladder infection. Some women rarely get it, and others suffer from it several times a year. It doesn’t matter how often you get it, though: it’s super annoying.

Almost 90% of all bladder infections can be ascribed to bacteria, but there are other lesser known causes as well. Do you have a bladder infection on a regular basis? Take a look at this list and you might find out what’s causing your infection.

  1. Vitamin deficiency: Research has shown that anemia can be connected to recurring bladder infections. A vitamin B12 deficiency changes the condition of your mucous membranes and this makes you extra sensitive to bacterial infections, which includes bladder infections. A standard blood test often doesn’t take vitamin B12 into account, but you can specifically ask your doctor about it.
  2. Nutrition: Sugar, for example, is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. If you often suffer from bladder infections, it’s a good idea to reduce your sugar intake.
  3. IUD birth control: Placing a coil can have a thorough effect on your urinary tract. Because of everything that’s going on at that moment, the E.coli bacteria has free reign. If you are sensitive to getting bladder infections, you might want to take the time to carefully urinate after a coil has been placed.
  4. Wrong position on toilet: A lot of women sit on the toilet in a crooked position, which means the pelvis is tilted to the back. This can cause urine to stay behind in the urinary tract, which in turn can cause an infection. The best posture on the toilet is sitting straight, with both feet on the ground. This means your knees are slightly raised, which means urine is less likely to stay behind and the chance of a bladder infection is reduced.

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Source: Womenshealth | Image as illustration