Dealing with urinary tract infections isn’t all self-care and common sense. Prevention is major for urinary tract health.
The Cure for the Common UTI
Urinary tract infections can afflict everyone. For some, they’re a constant issue, but dealing with them can be easier than you think.
About 50 percent of all women will suffer from a UTI in their life whereas approximately 25 percent of men over the age of 50 will experience one. While specific activities (like sex and exercise) or personal habits are big factors in contracting a UTI, the simple fact is some people are simply genetically prone to them.
“I’ve always gotten a lot of UTIs,” says Jenna Ryan, founder and CEO of Uqora. “I had eight in 2014 alone. It was very frustrating. I think that this is the story of so many people who struggle with UTIs and don’t have any options.”
An ounce of prevention
When it comes to UTI prevention, it starts with the basics. “Good hygiene is important, and hydration makes a really big difference. But some of us will do those things and still be at a higher risk,” says Ryan.
Being one of those people, Ryan was inspired to develop Uqora Target, a drink mix that helps prevent UTIs, when she realized how limited the options for prevention were.
“Antibiotics are sort of the one trick pony both for treatment and prevention, but antibiotic resistance is growing and is a real threat. I started to look into the research with my co-founder, Spencer Gordon, who has a background in molecular biology.”
Their solution, Uqora Target, binds with bacteria that cause UTIs so it can’t stick to the walls the urinary tract, enabling the body to quickly flush it out. Another product, a capsule called Uqora Control, can help to break down protective layers bacteria form and hide inside.
A UTI-free future
Preventing UTIs could improve the quality of life for everyone affected by them. For Ryan, prevention is about more than physical health. “The surface-level information stresses hygiene, which often makes people who are struggling with UTIs feel like they’re doing something wrong,” she says. The good news is that might be about to change.
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