Your doc could MISS the signs of this infection
Ladies, you know when there's something wrong "down there."
When you feel that constant urge to go... but you absolutely dread it because it burns when you do... you can be pretty darn sure you've got a urinary tract infection.
But then you head to the doctor... you take the test... and get a call telling you there's nothing wrong.
It's not just you.
Up to 30 percent of women with all the classic symptoms of a UTI are told the test results are negative.
Docs have even given it a name. They call it "urethral syndrome," and it's a polite way of saying it's all in your head.
Now, new research shows it's not all in your head. It's "down there," just as you were telling the doctor -- because it turns out nearly ALL women with UTI symptoms actually DO have infections, even when those test results are NEGATIVE.
In the new study, women with negative results on the standard tests were given two additional tests.
Once the results were combined, 98.2 percent of the women actually HAD infections, based on those extra tests.
These additional tests aren't a standard part of the battery yet, and it's probably unlikely that most docs will start offering them anytime soon. But the researchers behind the new study say they're pretty much not needed anyway.
Trust the symptoms -- because as these results show, women who have them pretty much always have UTIs.
I don't know if this is good news or bad news. Probably a little of both.
The good news is that this could help more women get better diagnoses. The bad news? As a result, most of them will end up on antibiotics -- drugs many of them don't need.
If you have a UTI yourself -- even one confirmed by lab tests -- you might not need those meds, either.
Natural therapies including probiotics and cranberry can be as effective as antibiotics... but without the side effects. These same natural therapies can also help you avoid an infection if you're prone to them.
In one study, 500mg of cranberry extract daily was just as effective as the antibiotic trimethoprim, one of the most common antibiotics given to women with recurring urinary infections.
Ocean Spray won't cut it here; most of those drinks contain little actual cranberry and plenty of other juices and even added sugars.
Look for a supplement made of pure cranberry extract instead.