No Sex

Lots has been going on in my life lately, and it’s interesting how I always seem to make some kind of vaginal health experiment out of the various situations life throws at me. My most recent situation is going through a divorce, so I guess I won’t be writing about having sex anytime soon. It does however give me a unique perspective on how not having sex affects the frequency of UTI and yeast flare ups. My husband and I have been separated for about a month as of today. Since the sex stopped, I’ve found that I can be much more lenient on my diet as far as carbs are concerned. I had pizza one day, and some cookies yesterday. I’ve also been having alcohol a few times a week. In the old days, these are things that would normally cause a UTI or yeast infection flare up when I was having sex a few times a week. I guess that’s one of the benefits of my situation.

Now I’m most certainly not suggesting anyone stop having sex, if you get it on a regular basis. By all means, please enjoy it. I am however suggesting that if the situation arises where you’re no longer having sex (such as myself), you may want to experiment with giving yourself a carby or sugary treat. (But as I always say, everyone is different.)  I don’t think I’d ever go back to a high carb diet because I must admit I do have more energy when keeping my carbs and sugar low. In the mean time, I will allow myself a treat now and again.My vagina has felt very healthy. I’m still taking TheraCran, AZO Yeast, and Vitamin C. I’ve reduced my use of Rephresh to just the week after my period, since I’m trying to cut back on expenses lately. The once a month dose of Rephresh seems to be working out well for me, and oddly enough I’m not getting the clumps when I use it once a month. That really surprised me.

On another note, masturbating alone doesn’t seem to contribute to the frequency of flare ups either. Then again, I’m not using some giant dildo. For all of you ladies out there who are squeamish about the idea of masturbating, you’re totally missing out. There are so many benefits to it. I can’t think of a reason not to do it.  Masturbating really helps you to learn about yourself. Anyway, with that said, if you are one of those who pleases yourself from time to time or even every day, the same hygiene rules apply as they do for regular sexual activity. Make sure you wash your hands before you start, and also wash any toys once finished. Provide propper lubrication. If you’re sensing some friction, grab some lube. When you’re done, pee, and rinse your vagina off with water. You may even want to drink a glass or two of water to help flush out any bacteria that may have made its way into your vagina. If you’re curious about the benefits of masturbation (other than the obvious), as well as techniques. You can check out a site I came across, Love Life Plus. Enjoy!


Feelin’ Good

I know in the past few months I’ve fallen off the wagon a time or two. Since going off birth control, dealing with PMS cravings has been quite a challenge. I’ve managed to avoid the real sugar stuff, but I was not able to stay away from the artificial sweeteners. The carbsmart ice cream bars really saved me from going for the real thing. I’ve been doing a lot of cooking lately, which I find helps a great deal. For one, it’s quite relaxing and the act of cooking fresh delicious food steers my mind into a healthy direction. My favorite for this week are these super thick bone-in pork chops. I’m not the best cook, but these seem to come out tasty each time. I just put a little olive oil in a pan heated to medium and sprinkle a little of this stuff called Old World seasoning that I picked up at one of those shops filled with different types of seasonings. They take about 10 or 15 minutes to cook. I also made cooked carrots for the first time. I’ve been keeping my carbs low during the day, so I’ve been able to have some of the higher carb tasty veggies in the evening. I bought a bunch of carrots from the store that still have the leafy greens attached. I cut them up and put them in a pan with 4tbs of water and 2tbs of butter.


Yet Another UTI

I’ve been doing the low carb low sugar thing for so long, I thought it would be ok for me to be a little more lenient on my diet. One of the things I miss having in large amounts are the sweeter fruits–watermelon, apples, pears, and especially grapes. I can eat a whole bag of grapes in one sitting. I love to freeze them too and eat them frozen. Since I can never seem to have these types of fruits in moderation (I always over indulge), I thought I might go on a little fruit fast for a few days.  In my mind I was saying to myself, “I’ll be peeing so much, there’s no way I could get a UTI.” I think I knew deep down that I was probably wrong. I lasted about two days with my fruit fast. I ate apples, pears, and grapes. I think the grapes are what really killed me. After day one I felt some stress on my bladder, and I had eaten a lot of grapes that day. I kept on though, thinking maybe it was just my imagination. By day two I was not feeling too hot down there. I had sex with my husband in the evening. I knew before I did it that the grapes combined with a sex session, would probably give me a full blown UTI. To be honest, I got so wrapped up in the mood, I didn’t care.

The next day, it was starting to really hurt when I peed and not much was coming out. I took a few days worth of the antibiotics that my doctor gave me for flare ups, and it took care of the problem. I didn’t detect any yeast problems as a result of taking the antibiotics. Thank God! I’ve been off of them for several days now, I’ve been sticking to my diet, and I even had sex. Everything down there feels great. I guess there is no chance I’m ever going to go back on a high carb high sugar diet. It’s just not worth it. This is the second UTI I’ve had in two months. I went a whole year without having one, and the second I slack off on my routine of preventing them, I get one. It takes a great deal of will power to do low carb for life, but preventing UTIs is a great motivator.

I think one of the reasons I strayed from my diet was because I didn’t have anything I could eat in the house. I was hungry when I went to the grocery store and that made my cravings even worse. Lately I’ve been keeping the fridge stocked full of eggs, chicken, pork chops, and steaks. I also keep cheese and macadamia nuts handy. The macadamia nuts really seem to help when I get a craving for something I’m not supposed to have. They are so satisfying. It’s getting close to my period, and I always have strong cravings the week before I start. Last night I indulged in several handfuls of macadamia nuts. The best advice I can give to anyone who falls off the wagon and flat on their face, is get back on quickly!!


UTI Alert

Well this morning was not a good morning when I woke up. First, I had a dream that I had a yeast infection. Then I woke up having to pee really bad, but I also had this unpleasant warm sensation in my bladder region. I went to pee and felt a slight pain at the end of my stream, which let me know this could be the beginning of a urinary tract infection (UTI). I couldn’t go back to sleep after that. Right after I peed, I still felt like I had to pee–not a good sign. I held off on trying to pee again because I knew it was just the sneaky UTI trying to trick me into thinking I had to pee when I really didn’t–only to cause me pain. I drank water all morning and took two TheraCran cranberry pills and two Azo Yeast pills. I peed a steady stream about 30 mins after I drank 2 big glasses of water. I then drank two more. I was really trying my best not to take the Ciprofloxacin my urologist gave me for UTI flare ups. I didn’t want the antibiotic to stir up a yeast infection.

I couldn’t believe this was happening, especially when I’ve been super good with my diet and I haven’t had  any artificial sweeteners in a week. The only thing I can think of is I recently stopped taking my birth control. I was supposed to start my new pack Sunday, but decided I wanted to try being off of birth control for a while because I hate all the side effects. I really just want to see if it helps my sex drive any and whether or not it will restore some of the moisture down there. My husband and I had sex on Saturday (Valentine’s Day), and we used a condom since I’m not on the pill. We used a polyurathane one (I’m allergic to latex) that doesn’t contain any spermicide stuff. We had rougher longer sex than usual and it was also the end of my period. I’m thinking maybe the combination of the two triggered the darn UTI symptoms. I felt fine on Sunday.

After my fourth glass of water today, I decided to take a nice long warm shower. I peed before my shower and it hurt some. After my shower I decided I would put Rephresh in. It was time to do it anyway, and I was hoping the Rephresh might balance out the pH inside of there and help keep a full blown UTI at bay. I took a nap after that and woke up about two hours later. When I peed this time, it felt better. I didn’t feel any pain. Maybe I won’t have to take the antibiotics after all. If I don’t, I’m not sure who to give the credit to–Rephresh, Cranberry pills, the good bacteria in the Azo Yeast, or the four large glasses of water I drank. It could have been a combination of them all. Whatever it was, I am glad to be feeling better. I think I’ll give things down there a rest for a day or two and also up my daily water intake by a glass or two.


Ciprofloxacin Review

Ciprofloxacin  (also referred to as Cipro) is classified as an antibiotic. It treats various types of bacterial infections and can also be used to slow/prevent anthrax after exposure. It can be taken with or without food but should not be taken with dairy products such as milk, yogurt, or calcium fortified juice. The reason for this is because it can make the medicine less effective. Dairy products can be eaten during the day, just not at the same time you take the medicine. Ciprofloxacin was prescribed to me by my Urologist. I had been suffering from recurring urinary tract infections (UTIs) and was put on Macrodantin for 6 months. Ciprofloxacin was to be used in case of an emergency where the Macrodantin was not doing its job of keeping the UTIs away. I was also instructed to use Ciprofloxacin for UTI flare ups once my six months on Macrodantin were up. Some side effects of Ciprofloxacin are nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, restlessness, headache, rash and abdominal pain.

The only side effects I experienced while on this medicine were restlessness and nausea. It was always necessary for me to take Ciprofloxacin with food. The medicine was extremely effective in treating UTIs. I had several flare ups during the six months I was on Macrodantin and one or two, once the six months were up. Ciprofloxacin took care of them right away. I usually only had to use the pills for a day or two and then I was symptom free. The instructions my Urologist gave me were to take a pill at the first sign of a flare up and continue taking the pills until the symptoms were gone and then stop. Others who are prescribed Ciprofloxac for a one time UTI may be instructed to continue taking the pills until the bottle is finished. Be sure to take the medicine just as your doctor prescribed.  Without insurance, Ciprofloxacin costs about $26 for thirty 250mg pills. With insurance, it costs about $5.

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