The Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is a bacterial infection in the urinary tract, which can be caused by various factors. It’s not uncommon for women to experience UTI-related bloating.
Learning how to get rid of UTI bloating and the pain that is associated with it is vital to claim back your health and get on with your life.
The UTI will lead to swelling of the bladder, retention of urine, and kidney stones, all of which may cause uncomfortable bloating.
Here are some reasons why UTIs might cause bloating:
Overgrowth of bacteria
An overgrowth in bacteria that causes an infection in the urinary tract can also cause excess gas production from your gut as well as other digestive issues such as constipation or diarrhea.
Bloating is often caused by lactose intolerance or consuming too much dairy foods like milk and cheese.
Dairy products contain sugar molecules called lactose, which can cause digestive problems for those who are lactose intolerant.
Lactose intolerance occurs when the enzyme required to digest lactose is missing or reduced. When these undigested sugars reach the large intestine, bacteria feed on it and produce gas as a result.
Many women experience intense bloating during their menstrual period due to the change in hormones. More progesterone causes the smooth muscle of your uterus to relax, meaning that this muscle cannot contract as strongly and therefore is unable to push out waste as quickly.
This results in bloating (especially if you have a sensitive digestive system) because food that would normally be pushed through the intestines more quickly takes a longer time to be broken down and absorbed.
In addition, your body’s reproductive organs are involved in bloating as well if you have been sexually active then UTIs during this time can also present themselves with vaginal discharge which can cause a feeling of bloating.
Some women might not feel bloated but rather experience vaginal discomfort which is actually a sign of infection.
One of the main causes of bloating during your period is related to the production of prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are chemicals in our body, which our cells make in order to cause specific changes in the body.
The role of prostaglandin F2 alpha (PGF2alpha), one type of prostaglandin, is to cause the muscle cells of our uteruses to contract.
Another role of prostaglandin F2 alpha is to help us digest fats and proteins by making the smooth muscles lining the digestive tract contract.
So, when you menstruate and your body produces a large number of prostaglandins this triggers a contraction in the smooth muscle of your uterus, but also in the smooth muscle lining your intestines.
The result is bloating due to constipation or diarrhea caused by the contraction of intestinal muscles. One way to relieve this type of bloating is through exercise because it increases blood flow which helps with digestion and wastes elimination.
Intake of artificial sweeteners may cause bloating as well. The reason for this is that artificial sweeteners like Aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet), Acesulfame potassium (Sunett, Sweet One) and Sucralose (Splenda) are known to cause digestive problems such as bloating, diarrhea or constipation in some people with sensitive digestive systems.
These sweeteners are used in many foods and beverages, including diet soda, sugar-free yogurt or ice cream, cereals, desserts, puddings, and Jell-O.
They are also used in prescription medications to help with a dry mouth or to add sweetness while keeping calories low.
Antibiotics can cause diarrhea, which can lead to bloating. In addition, women who take oral contraceptives are more prone to vaginal yeast infections which may also contribute to bloating as well.
If you have been taking antibiotics then another reason for bloating during your period could be from the disruption of the natural balance of bacteria in your intestines.
Best ways to avoid bloating
The best way to avoid bloating is by drinking plenty of water, avoiding foods with high sugar content including processed foods, refined carbohydrates, and artificial sweeteners.
You should also try to avoid dairy products or those that contain lactose, as well as fruit juices and carbonated beverages.
Keeping a food diary can be helpful because it allows you to keep track of what you’re eating and drinking, which might help pinpoint the foods that cause your bloating.
The following tips have been suggested by experts:
Fiber is one of the most important things to include in your diet. Doing so helps to regulate and move food through your digestive tract more quickly and prevents bloating and gas. Increase fiber intake gradually over a period of about one week. If you don’t, you run the risk of developing gas or diarrhea from changing too quickly.
Quit smoking. Nicotine can contribute to bloating and gas, which will only exacerbate the condition. Try quitting gradually over a period of several weeks if you feel it is necessary.
Reduce your fat intake. High levels of fat in food can slow down digestion and cause bloating and discomfort in some people who are sensitive to the effects. Try reducing your fat intake gradually over a period of about one week.
Avoid drinking carbonated beverages, including sparkling water and soda. These cause gas, which can lead to bloating. Stick with drinking plain water rather than flavored or sweetened varieties if you want to reduce bloating during your period.
Exercise regularly. Exercise increases the flow of blood throughout your body, including your digestive tract. Blood flowing to this area helps eliminate gas and other toxins that can cause bloating.
There are many different treatments that can help you get rid of your UTI symptoms. The best way to find out the treatment right for you is by consulting a healthcare professional and we hope we’ve helped answer some questions about how these conditions develop, what they feel like, and possible treatments available to make it easier on yourself.
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