Chances are, whether you’ve hadsex with one partner or many, at some point as a result of your boudoir repertoire you’ve had the unfortunate reality of a post-romp infection… most commonly in the form of a urinary tract infection (aka UTI). According to the Kidney Health Australia, one in two women and one in twenty men will experience aUTI in their lifetime, with the odds, unfortunately, skewed much more towards women. Which isn’t fair, but with antibioticsit’s always been an easy fix… until now. In rather unwelcome news, it turns out common prescriptions might not be so effective either, with a new medical report, as published in New York Times, finding that some strains of UTI are unresponsive or resistant to drugs.
In research undertaken by the New York City Department of Health the study found a third of uncomplicated urinary tract infections caused by E. coli — the most common strain — were resistant to Bactrim, one of the most common prescription drugs, and at least one fifth of UTIs were resistant to five other common treatments. That stings… And it’s not looking up either. Lance Price, director of the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center at George Washington University, admits that “This is crazy… shocking,” in addition to drug ampicillin, once a mainstay for treating the infections being abandoned too as a gold standard because multiple strains of UTIs are resistant to it. A new science studyeven found a third of all UTIs in Britain are resistant to ‘key antibiotics…’ So what’s a girl to do… other than gulp endless buckets of cranberry juice and/or become a nun?
Good question. Well, there is some hope, with medical experts at the New York City Department of Health introducing a new app this month that gives doctors and nurses access to a list of strains of urinary tract infections and which drugs they are resistant to, to educate and spread awareness. Within those approved as ‘effective’ for most E-coli strains, are nitrofurantoin, sold as Macrobid, and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, sold as Bactrim or Septra. Outside of a doctor prescription (for the right antibiotic of course!), sciencealso has confirmed that drinking more water (1.5 litres minimum) does in fact help! And of course, let’s not forget sipping regularly on our dear old friend cranberry juice, along with easy prevention techniques like choosing cotton underwear over lacy synthetic, swapping baths to showers and urinating after sex. Not so sexy sounding we know… but hey, it’s either Bridget Jones comfort pants or the nun life, your choice!