Many women suffer from repeat urinary tract infections (UTIs), with your chances of suffering from at least one occurrence as high as 50%.

The urinary tract is made up of the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. Most UTIs involve the urethra and bladder, in the lower tract.

A UTI is an infection from microbes - organisms that are too small to be seen by the naked eye. While most of these are bacteria, some are fungi and ' more rarely ' viruses.

While symptoms depend on what part of the urinary tract is infected, some common examples include increased frequency of and burning during urination, cloudy urine with a strong odour, pelvic pain, chills, fever and tenderness in the back and sides.

Although men can also contract UTIs, they are far more common in women. They can be caused by bacteria moving from the anus into the bladder during sexual intercourse, a decrease in estrogen levels changing normal vaginal bacteria after menopause, certain types of birth control like diaphragms and spermicides, urinary tract abnormalities, kidney stones and a suppressed immune system.

Drinking plenty of liquids, wiping from front to back, emptying the bladder soon after intercourse, avoiding potentially irritating feminine products and possibly changing your birth control method are all ways of decreasing your chances of contracting a UTI.

If you do find yourself in the throes of an uncomfortable infection, BuchuLife's UTI Relief Capsules have shown to be effective in the rapid treatment of UTIs including cystitis (bladder infection), urethritis (infection of the urethra), prostatitis (infection and enlargement of the prostate) and pyelonephritis (abdominal pain).

Harnessing the natural healing properties of buchu (a type of fynbos indigenous to the Western Cape), the capsules are antimicrobial, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory, and act as a natural diuretic. The scientifically formulated buchu oil used contains a range of potent antioxidants, as well as vitamins A, B and E and minerals calcium and iron. A natural solution, they have no known side effects.

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