Many women suffer through recurring urinary tract infections (UTIs) that cause pain, frustration, and confusion. Current treatments may help hit the mute button, but only for a limited time.
Estimates suggest that about one in five adult women experience recurring UTIs. These infections are often caused by E.coli bacteria, and they have little or nothing to do with hygiene or any other self-inflicted cause.
The reality is that some women are just prone to these infections. But that certainly does not make them any easier to manage.
Thus far, there is no treatment that completely eliminates the risk. Multiple vaccines have been investigated, but none have proven effective. However, a new study is showing there might be cause for hope.
A new study from researchers at Duke University have developed a potential vaccine that appears to eradicate bladder bacteria as well as prevent future infections. The vaccine is administered through a strategic injection designed to directly attack bacteria.
Researchers believe their vaccine stimulates the immune system to fight the cause of urinary tract infections.
Vaccinated mice were able to fight off E.coli and later residual bladder bacteria, suggesting that injection location could play a key role in its effectiveness.
Although these results are encouraging, there is no guarantee they will translate to humans. If they do, however, a potential cure for UTIs, which impacts about half of all women, could be on the way.
In the meantime, however, sticking to traditional forms of treatment is the best bet to reduce the risk and treat UTIs. Some of these methods include:
- Staying well hydrated. By drinking plenty of water and going to the bathroom when needed, you can prevent harmful bacteria from hanging around in the bladder.
- Wipe from front to back
- Urinate as soon as possible following sex
- Avoid irritating feminine hygiene products