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Does Cranberry Juice Really Help Urinary Tract Infections?

Does Cranberry Juice Really Help Urinary Tract Infections?

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a problem for many women. In fact, did you know that around half of all women develop a UTI at some point in their lives? In about a third of women, UTIs are a recurrent problem. Unique structural elements of women’s reproductive and urinary biology make this type of infection a reality that you’re likely to deal with sooner or later.

At The Women's Center at Life Point Medical, Monique Petteys, FNP-C, and her team have the expertise in women’s health that you can count on for diagnosing and treating UTIs. They provide comprehensive gynecology treatment to new and existing patients in Clayton, Georgia.

If you have symptoms like painful urination, seek treatment for your UTI. The team at The Women's Center at Life Point Medical can help you sort through the facts and myths, and arrange a UTI treatment plan that works for you. 

Home remedies: how effective is cranberry juice for a UTI?

The discomfort and inconvenience of a UTI leave many women looking for remedies. That’s very understandable, especially if you’re someone regularly dealing with UTIs.

Among the most common home remedies are cranberry juice and cranberry supplements but does cranberry juice really work for UTIs?

Studies don’t show a conclusive result when it comes to the connection between cranberry juice and UTIs. However, even when cranberry juice does show some effect, it seems more likely to work preventively. Once you have an active infection, you’re likely to need antibiotic medication to clear up the problem.

Cranberries do appear to contain some compounds that may be helpful with urinary tract health. These include phenolic acids and flavonoids. Proanthocyanidins, concentrated in cranberry supplements, may also help prevent recurring UTIs.

Handling UTIs

If you have a UTI, cranberry juice won’t do you any harm. But, to resolve this condition, get examined at The Women's Center at Life Point Medical, and get the right treatment for your UTI.

If you have recurrent UTIs, talk to your provider about prevention strategies that could work for you. Your genetics influence your tendency toward recurrent UTIs. Other relevant factors include your immune health and metabolism. There are no risks associated with cranberries, and there is a chance that adding more cranberry juice to your diet could be helpful.

For the expert advice you need to help you put together a UTI treatment and prevention plan that actually works, contact The Women's Center at Life Point Medical today. Schedule your initial consultation over the phone or request an appointment online now.

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