Try D-mannose for UTI

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 by 1 Comment
D Mannose

I experienced my first bladder infection during my second pregnancy. In fact, I had three UTIs during that pregnancy. They were partly due to how I carried my son. He felt low and put pressure on my bladder. I even commented to the doctor late in my pregnancy about how low the baby felt. He joked that he didn’t see an arm or a leg yet.

While I knew he was trying to be funny, I wasn’t laughing. Getting up during the night to go to the bathroom became routine. To my surprise, after the baby was born that routine didn’t change, and UTIs became a regular part of life.

I wondered if being on antibiotics so often could be contributing to the problem. I started looking for a more natural answer. Someone told me that baking soda was used to treat bladder infections during WWII when antibiotics were scarce. I tried it. This kind of worked, but also gave me diarrhea, and you have to make sure you take in vitamin C while you’re using it.

Then I mentioned to a friend that I felt a UTI coming on and she told me about D-mannose. It is said to prevent certain kinds of bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract and causing infection. She said to add 1 tsp. of D-mannose to 8 ounces of water three times a day at the start, and as symptoms diminished, to use ½ tsp. once a day to help prevent a bladder infection.

The good news for me is that it has worked for years with only one UTI requiring antibiotics. It is not a cure for UTIs but helps prevent them. It’s a white powder that mixes easily in water and has almost no taste. If you’re like me and struggle with frequent UTIs, talk to your doctor about D-mannose. It’s worth a try.

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Donna Sundblad resides in NW Georgia where she serves as the president of the Writer’s Alliance of Georgia. Her most recent book, The Inheritance, was nominated for the 2012 Epic eBook award.

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    I haven’t heard of this before but will try it next time I have that problem. I have successfully used the Azo cranberry pills in the past, too.