"Yup, you've got a UTI" "But I'm getting married in 3 days!!!"

posted 2 years ago in Emotional
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

A) there are other meds – I’ve never looked into whether they all compromise birth control but maybe you can research or B) will not 100% protect you, but you could always weigh the chance of him pulling out?  Might be a safer chance depending on where you are in your cycle, etc.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

That sucks. I’ve gotten UTIs a few times myself and they are a pain in the butt, especially when you are on birth control. I think the chances of an interaction negating the BC completely is pretty low, given the back and forth about whether they have an effect or not. You could definitely chance it with pulling out and/or spermicide, but anything can happen, even when you are on BC without antibiotics.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA

Talk to your doctor about it instead of just googling the name of the drugs – not all of them impact BC.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I used to have frequent UTIs.  I learned to flush them out of my system with lots of water and 100% cranberry juice. It’s painful and annoying for 12-24 hours, but then I’m okay if I stay hydrated.  Azo helps with the flushing out process too. I actually had a doctor tell me it’s okay that I do this if I’m sensitive to them… especially since after awhile the antibiotics became less effective. 

But I don’t recommend that now that you’re on antibiotics. May I suggest the pull-out method for your wedding night? 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

MrsS_to_be: Oh I’m so sorry!  🙁 what terrible news to find out!!  Did your doctor say specifically this will negate your birth control?  And you can still have fun even with condoms.  My husband and I used them after I gave birth to our daughter and before I got the IUD. However, we were pretty cavalier in using them, so I guess we were lucky in not getting pregnant again.

Totally off topic, but related to antibiotics, eats lots of yogurt as well, depending on the antibiotic it can clear out the good stuff down there as well and cause you to get a yeast infection (which is just as annoying).  One of my friends got a UTI, got the medication and then a yeast infection right after her UTI cleared up, but that could have also been coincidence.  Also I hear taking vitamin c regularly can help avoid utis.

Post # 7
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Newbee

I would call your doctor and make sure, not all antibiotics have the negative BC effect.  I used to get them all the time.

Just as a FYI – It is not recommended to take cranberry once you already have one – but the most amazing remedy I found to prevent them from continue reoccurring is d-mannose (its on amazon) and it is a natural powder that I add to glass of water everyday.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper

Maybe you can ask your doc to prescribe an antibiotic that won’t affect the birth control metabolism.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I tried something other than Azo at the drugstore (OTC) and it worked so much better! It was some brand I can’t remember but it said it was the strongest non-prescription dosage available on the packaging. I would run out to the store and get that. It gave me SO much more relief than Azo!

And as far as the antibiotic effecting your BC, I wouldn’t risk it. I would just use other forms of protection since I’d rather be safe than sorry and not have to be worrying so you can enjoy yourself as best you can.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

This is going to sound really gross, but trust me: garlic and onion soup.  Drink a little ACV as well, and the natural supplement mentioned above (not cranberry).  If it’s not going away, all of that stuff will help.  Not ideal right before your wedding, but should have you feeling better afted a day or so if you are on antibiotics.  I sometimes use that mix of things when I feel something coming on and will end up not needing them.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

GirlyGirl24:  Cystex is great and doesn’t turn your pee funny colors – is that the one you are thinking of?

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Consultette:  Nope, whichever one I’m thinking of def. turned my pee orange lol!

Post # 14
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Hey, I understand UTI’s are horrible. I am an ICU nurse, and I’ve had frequent UTI’s bc we can’t always get to the bathroom Right away. Sometimes we miss our breaks and just have to hold it. Things you can do to prevent and decrease your chances of a UTI is drink pure cranberry juice or blueberry juice. The natural acidity will increase the acidity of your urine and then bacteria cannot grow/decreases the possibility of bacterial growth substantially. Also always pee after sex, that will help flush any bacteria out of your urethra (hole where urine comes out) and pee frequently, don’t hold it, if you don’t have to. The way our body is made is that our urethra is a lot shorter then mens, and we have a much higher risk for infections. Also make sure your underwear has a cotton lined gusset. Our vagina needs to be able to breathe lol. So in the future, try these things. For now, try to flush your system (drink lots of water) and that will help you feel more comfortable. Also try Advil, naproxen, aleve, anything that will help decrease the inflammatory process in your body. Now for the wedding night, I understand you don’t want to have to wear a condom when he is used to not using one. I’ve heard from the guys, that it’s a big bummer compared to nothing. But remember, there are other birth control options. The antibiotics will decrease the effectiveness of your birth control by a small amount for 1-2 weeks after you finish your antibiotics. Take them all, so it doesn’t come back even worse. But there are other options. You can try the sponge, along with spermicide. That would cover you 100%. A diaphragm is another option w spermicide, again you will be covered 100%. Also he won’t feel it, or will barely feel it. If you use either of these options, you will be covered, it’s actually over kill, since you are still on birth control. Also my girlfriend is a pharmacist, she told me that the chance of get pregnant while on birth control and taking antibiotics, is 0.01-0.03%. So you have a 99.7-99.9% chance of NOT getting pregnant. That’s the same coverage as just using a condom. Also, per my pharmacist friend, there has been no documented (proof) pregnancies in Canada of a woman getting pregnant while taking antibiotics, and continued her birth control properly. (many women use it as an excuse , when it is an “oops” pregnancy). You have to continue to take your birth control at the same time every day. You have a higher chance of pregnancy from taking your birth control at different times during the day, then if you are on antibiotics. You “should” always take your birth control at the same time or within an hour of when you would normally take your pill, otherwise, you could find yourself pregnant. But only you can decide to try it out, or just use another birth control option for the next two weeks. I hope you have a wonderful wedding and honeymoon, and that your UTI is the farthest thing from your mind. Congrats!!! 

Post # 15
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Newbee

MrsS_to_be:  Look into using a sponge and spermicide. If you want even more security, you can have your FI pull out in addition to using the sponge and spermicide.

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