As a woman, you’re probably very rehearsed in talking to your doctor about things that aren’t fun to talk about. Sometimes those “things” are even downright embarrassing. But you keep a stiff upper lip, make an appointment with the doctor and tell her exactly what is ailing you. One of the most uncomfortable things to talk about can be the symptoms that let you know you probably have a urinary tract infection, or UTI—burning on urination, cloudy urine, excessive urination, an urge to urinate, but an inability to do so, occasionally a low-grade fever and even mild lower abdominal pain. But it’s also one of those things that must be addressed because leaving it untreated can result in an even more serious infection of the kidneys, called pyelonephritis, which can land you in the hospital.
Not every woman wants to race to the doctor, get a prescription for an antibiotic and pain medication and then ingest more chemicals in an effort to cure a UTI. There’s no 100% guarantee that those drugs will cure the UTI, and even if the medications fight off the infection and the pain, they will rarely do so without side effects. Because of this, many women opt for natural treatments that can work to fight the infection and help ease the painful symptoms that sometimes accompany a UTI.
If you’re looking for natural ways to treat a urinary tract infection, here are five that have been used for years to aid in fighting the infection and relieving the pain as well.