Synonyms: Honeymoon Disease, Honeymoon Syndrome, Honeymoon infection, Cystitis, Bladder Infection, Urinary Tract Infection
At last, we have found the love of our lives, someone perfect in and out of the bedroom and we hope to be happy forever after, as the fairy tales promised. For some of us, no problem but for many of us Honeymoon cystitis can ruin these halcyon days, and cause problems for many years to come.
Honeymoon Cystitis is the name euphemistically given to the type of cystitis that starts when a couple first begins a sexual relationship. It affects women almost exclusively, can occur at any age, and is associated with an unusual frequency of sexual intercourse.
As with any type of urinary tract infection, honeymoon cystitis is generally caused by bacteria. Additionally, the spontaneous nature of sex often involves having sex without taking appropriate hygienic precautions.
For some people this wouldn't matter. Some people have never heard of cystitis or urinary tract infections, and they never will. For others, it is a different story. Once the mistake has been made, and bacteria enter the female urethra they can easily travel into the bladder.
When the bacteria enter the urinary tract, things start to get uncomfortable. The bacteria adapt to their new environment, feed on the nutrients in the urine, attach to the lining of the bladder and release toxins that cause inflammation. This may also expose the deeper layers of the bladder epithelium.
Common bacteria are E.Coli, Klebsiella, Enterococcus, Streptococcus and Citrobacter. These are bacteria that normally live harmlessly in the gut and are therefore found in faeces. Although they are thought to be 'good bacteria' in the gut, contamination of the skin of either partner, around the perineum can create infection and misery.
The pain caused by the actions of these marauding and opportunistic bacteria can be excruciating, and has ruined many a honeymoon. If the infection is not dealt with swiftly it can spread upwards towards the kidneys and cause much more serious infection. Even if a kidney infection is avoided, bacteria can become deeply embedded in the lining of the bladder where they build biofilms and cause a cycle of recurring infections. And to make it even worse, we are meeting a high level of bacterial resistance:
"The problem is that bacteria are immensely adaptable critters. Expose them to antibiotics long enough and they'll evolve ways to survive the drugs." Abigail A. Salyers - University of Illinois.
More and more people are becoming aware of the dangers of overuse of antibiotics. Especially since increasingly, we talk to people who have acquired resistant strains of bacteria (ESBLs) that are no longer responding well enough to antibiotic therapy.
Most people are already familiar with the superbug MRSA, and C. Difficile, but not yet have heard of ESBL. ESBL-producing bacteria have joined the growing number of antibiotic resistant pathogens that cause hospital-acquired infections. ESBL bacteria are different from other superbugs, because ESBL does not refer to one specific kind of bacteria. MRSA refers specifically to methicillin-resistant strains of Staphylococcus Aureus.
EBSL refers to an antibiotic-resistance enabling enzyme that the bacteria are producing, as a means of protecting themselves and surviving. Bacteria have adapted to the worldwide overuse of antibiotics in farming and medicine. By creating beta lactamase, an enzyme that can give the bacteria immunity and make it very difficult to destroy them.
ESBL enables resistance not only to penicillin, but also to cephalosporin antibiotics. Although many different species of bacteria can produce the ESBL enzymes, the most common ESBL producing bacteria are at present Escherichia Coli (E.Coli) and Klebsiella. Both are common culprits in urinary tract infections.
Although harmless in some parts of our body, ESBL's may become dangerous when they migrate to the blood or urine.
The major cause of honeymoon cystitis in most cases is the same bacteria that thrives in acidic environments. E.Coli in particular are extremely acid-tolerant, since most of the E.Coli in the environment have at some time passed through the gut of an animal. They can survive acids 1000 times more acidic than urine. These bacteria can metabolise acids in the urine and create all the necessary amino acids and proteins they need to divide and multiply. Cranberry Juice, which contributes hippuric acid to urine, and Vitamin C in the form of ascorbic acid, feed the bacteria that cause urine infections, making the infection worse.
Although doctors will prescribe antibiotics for honeymoon cystitis, many bacteria are antibiotic-resistant even the first time they cause infection in an individual. They are often the descendants of bacteria that have previously survived the most commonly used antibiotics. Either in the body of the host, in the body of the previously infected person, or in the body of an animal that has been treated with antibiotics.
This can cause problems in humans, because when antibiotics fail, antibiotic-resistant bacteria remain in the urinary tract where they multiply and pass on their resistant genes. When more powerful antibiotics are prescribed, the bacteria can become resistant to multiple types of antibiotics, resulting in fewer options. It is at this stage people turn to alternative health to find a solution.
Since 2003, Sweet Cures has been providing Waterfall D-Mannose to people suffering episodes of cystitis or UTIs. It works safely and effectively, without creating future resistance.
D'mannose differs from an antibiotic in that it expels the bacteria from the body via the urine, rather than trying to kill the bacteria that are causing the problem.
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