Is It True That Drinking Too Much Alcohol Can Cause UTIs?
UTIs or Urinary Tract Infections are a common health issue, sooooo many of us women have had them. However, did you know that there’s a link between consuming alcohol and an increased risk of getting a UTI?
While a lot of us perk up when someone yells “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere!” alcohol is often linked with triggering urinary discomfort. It’s not just about desert mouth and a splitting headache the next day. We want to raise awareness and support women’s health and so here we discuss the relationship between alcohol and UTIs.
What is a UTI?
UTIs are infections that occur in any part of the urinary system, including the bladder, kidneys, ureters, and urethra. UTIs are also common, and it is estimated that about 50% of women experience a UTI at least once in their lifetime. UTIs are usually caused by bacteria entering the urinary system, which can occur during sex or even just using the bathroom no wonder so many women get them.
Alcohol and UTIs
While drinking alcohol does not cause UTIs, it can increase the risk of getting one. If you like many women already suffer from recurrent infections, alcohol can further irritate the bladder lining and intimate area, causing inflammation and discomfort.
Additionally, alcohol can suppress the immune system and generally also lead to dehydration, making it harder for the body to fight off infections so drink that water!
Symptoms of UTIs
Have you ever felt that burn when you pee or constantly needing to go the loo? These are common symptoms of UTIs along with cloudy or strong smelling urine and pain in the lower abdomen or back. They tend to be really uncomfortable and for many get in the way of day-to-day life. We can all do without the stress of needing to run to the toilet every 5 minutes!
Prevention MeasuresDon’t worry it’s not all doom and gloom you can still enjoy that bottomless brunch with your pals just remember to enjoy everything in moderation and to reduce the risk of developing a UTI after that 10th, 11th or even 20th mimosa or in general follow the steps below;
- Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water during and after consuming alcohol
- Avoid drinking on an empty stomach – fill up on those pancakes
- Pee frequently. This will help flush out any nasty bacteria
- Practicing good hygiene – remember the age old rule of wipe front to back
- Avoid using harsh soaps - try using a microbiome, ph friendly mild product or just washing with warm water
- Pee after sex – yep! A simple piddle after sexy time can help flush out any remnant bacteria
Remember To Seek Medical Attention If You Experience UTI Symptoms
If you experience symptoms of UTIs after consuming alcohol (or at any other time!) it is important to seek medical attention. The doctor may recommend antibiotics or other treatments to alleviate symptoms and prevent the infection from spreading.
We know it can be frustratingly difficult to get a GP appointment these days, but if left untreated, UTIs can lead to serious complications such as kidney infections, which can be life-threatening, so it is important to be persistent! A solution such as P.Happi is readily available online and can be delivered within 24 hours of placing your order. Additionally, soon P.Happi will be available in pharmacies so you can pick up a bottle whenever you need to (without a prescription!)
For future prevention of UTIs, there is evidence to support the use of probiotics, such as Lactobacillus crispatus, which can be made more effective when used in conjunction with solutions such as the P.Happi serum. P.Happi also works great on its own as P.Happi is locally applied meaning it works to form a protective barrier. Find out more about the P.Happi serum here
Alcohol consumption can increase the risk of developing a UTI, particularly among women. While alcohol consumption does not cause UTIs, it can irritate the bladder and weaken the immune system, making it harder for the body to fight off infections. So stay hydrated, pee often and don't drink on an empty stomach and if you're concerned always seek medical help.