Have you ever had pain when you pee?
Well, you are not alone. 40% of women have had at least one bladder or urinary tract infection in their lifetime. What constitutes an infection or inflammation? Certainly, sometimes they go undetected, but the Mayo clinic lists these symptoms as signs that something just may not be right down there
- A strong, persistent urge to urinate
- A burning sensation when urinating
- Passing frequent, small amounts of urine
- Urine that appears cloudy
- Urine that appears red, bright pink or cola-colored — a sign of blood in the urine
- Strong-smelling urine
- Pelvic pain, in women — especially in the center of the pelvis and around the area of the pubic bone
I’m sure you know about some common culprits for the onset of this nasty too.
- Sex: If you’ve only ever had one infection, it’s likely from sex. The best way to avoid them is to urinate within 30 minutes after sex.
- Dehydration: Water is so good for so many things in your body. After all it’s at least 60% water. Drinking water helps to flush out bacteria.
- Holding it in: Don’t do it! If you have to go, then go. Peeing, again, helps flush out the bad stuff. Nothing good comes from holding in your urine.
- Birth Control: Sometimes changing birth control can cause issues with your bladder. As does use of a diaphragm or spermicide.
- Hormonal shifts: Menopause is a big one when hormones shift in the body. It can make us more susceptible for inflammation and infection.
Keeping the body well hydrated and alkaline goes a long way to help one rid themselves of the problem. Cranberry juice or pills, and in extreme cases putting baking soda in water and drinking it can help too.
But if you are looking for a homeopathic remedy . . . Here are 5 that can help.
- Cantharis: Brilliant remedy in acute stages of inflammation. Commonly known as the Spanish fly, it has cutting, biting, burning pains. There may be retention of urine with intolerable urging. Restlessness, desire for sex, with potential rage and weeping. Lot’s of emotions! On the other hand, if you feel like you are just beginning to get a bladder infection, this remedy might stop it in its tracks. The person needing this remedy may feel worse drinking cold water, or coffee. Though being warm and rubbing your belly could feel good.
- Equisetum: Or a plant more commonly known as Horse’s Tail. This remedy is useful for an aching, tender bladder, that doesn’t feel any better after urinating. There seems to be a constant desire to urinate, and there is lot’s of it. Pains can also be cutting and burning with urination. And you might even dribble in between. Pain feels worse at the end of urinating and sitting. It feels better to lie down. This is a great remedy postpartum if you are having urinary difficulties.
- Apis: This remedy is made from a bee, and is most often used acutely for bites that are hot, red and swollen . . . just like the bite that a bee might give you. But it’s also a great remedy for bladders that are inflamed. Pains are burning and stinging, and urine is scanty often with a foul smell and a dark color. This remedy may be used in newborns who are retaining their urine. Women needing this remedy may feel better being cool and not warm. Emotionally onset may begin with grief, fright, rage, jealousy or mental shock.
- Staphisagria: Or the flower Delphinium. This remedy is probably the best remedy for inflammation after sex. There is a frequent desire to urinate, and urination often feels better. Urination can either be scanty or profuse, and the burning pain is felt most often when not peeing. Frustratingly, it can also feel like you have to pee again, right after you’ve gone. Arguing with your lover, or too much sex can make things worse. But rest, warmth and breakfast can help!
- Aconite: A flower in the family of the Ranunculaceae. Did you get a bladder infection after being in the cold or after a fright? Did it come on suddenly? Here’s your remedy. Urine will be scanty, red, hot and painful. Retained or difficult to void urine. You may feel chilled.
So here they are, 5 remedies that can help. Know that these are only a few remedies that are useful for when it hurts to pee. There are probably 100 more. So if you are not getting the results you are hoping for, call your homeopath!
If you need more information about homeopathy in general, please look at my article How Homeopathy Treatment Works (And What You Need To Know About It)
Michele Brookhaus, RSHom(NA), CCH is a classical homeopath and passionate explorer of all things feminine. She has created Yoni’s Bliss, a lube that’s meant to nourish and protect vaginal tissue.