A bladder infection is a bacterial infection within the bladder. Some individuals call a bladder infection a urinary tract infection (UTI), and it refers to a bacterial infection anywhere in the urinary tract, such as the kidneys, bladder, ureters, or the urethra.
When the infection is just in the urethra and the bladder, this is called a lower urinary tract infection. If it travels up to affect one or both kidneys as well, then it is called an upper urinary tract infection.
Around 40 to 50 percent of women have at least one urinary tract infection during their lifetime. 20-30 percent have a recurrent UTI (more than 3 infections a year). UTIs in men are not as frequent as in women but can be serious when they occur.
UTI symptoms and causes
Infection in the bladder (also known as cystitis) usually include:
- feeling generally unwell, tired and achy;
- a strong, frequent urge to urinate and a burning and painful sensation when urinating;
- feeling as though you’re unable to empty your bladder fully;
- bloody, cloudy, or strong smelling urine.
According to NIDDK – the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, most bladder infections are caused by Escherichia coli.
In addition, Mycoplasma and Chlamydia are other bacteria that can cause infections, which are usually transmitted only through sexual intercourse.
Factors that can increase the risk of bladder infections:
- eating meat, eggs, or dairy products. An extremely high percentage of all the flesh from the turkeys, chickens, cows, fish, and pigs butchered every year in the United States is contaminated with Escherichia coli, listeria, campylobacter, or other dangerous bacteria that live in the intestinal tracts and feces of animals;
- insufficient fluid intake;
- enlarged prostate;
- poor personal hygiene;
- a poor immune system which increases the risk of having any infection, including UTI;
- heavy use of antibiotics (which can damage the natural flora of the bowel and urinary tract);
- sexual intercourse can introduce larger numbers of bacteria into the bladder. Urinating after intercourse seems to decrease the likelihood of developing a UTI;
- another frequent source of infection is tubes, or catheters, placed in the bladder and urethra. Catheters interfere with the body’s capacity to clear microbes from the urinary tract.
Pregnant women seem no more prone to urinary tract infection than other women. Nevertheless, when one does occur in a pregnant woman, it is more common to travel to the kidneys.
Your bladder represents anxiety and nervousness. Problems with bladder control are either the result of or the cause of anxiety.
Metaphysically speaking, the bodily fluids such as bile, urine, blood, or tears relate to the emotions. Therefore, the fear of expressing strong emotions may inflame the bladder and urinary tract, leading to the inability to control urination or infections to the urinary tract.
Moreover, feeling helpless to change any of it or extreme displeasure with the way things are can lead to UTI.
Look for ways to relax and balance your emotional body.
Drinking lots of fluids and frequent urinating are always recommended for individuals who have UTIs as this helps to flush out the bacteria.
Avoid alcohol, coffee, and soft drinks containing caffeine or citrus juices (with artificial sweeteners) until your infection has cleared.
Applying a heating pad over your bladder can bring some serious remedy. The gentle warmth will relax your muscles, melting away the pain caused by inflammation or spasms.
I release the pattern in my consciousness that created this condition.
I easily and comfortably release the old and welcome the new in my life.
I am willing to change.
I am safe.
I love and approve of myself.
I am perfectly healthy and I love myself.