As always, Lisa and I decided to pop in at this Java outlet for our morning cup of joe after an intense Sunday workout. It's always been our tradition, but recently, some new developments threaten our gossip time with Lisa always complaining of extreme lower abdominal pain characterized by sporadic urges of peeing. A recent check-in with her gynecologist confirmed she had a severe case of UTI.
She was baffled with the results since she always practiced proper self-hygiene. I had a pretty darn hard time convincing her that other factors could be at play. Well, lately, she's been a mean sexual machine thanks to her organic root enhancers- only God knows what the hell those are. However, she's hell-bent on blaming her favorite cup of high octane for her demise.
So, does drinking coffee cause UTI?
There's a raging debate on this. Despite the jibber-jabber out there, less is done to shine a light on the topic. This article shines a light on the unfounded issues regarding coffee and UTIs but for starters, let's take a sneak peek into the statistics involving UTI.
Urinary Tract Infection
Getting a UTI is the worst experience ever. OK, that's a bit too dramatic. Let's face it. No one adores the burning sensation, foul smell, and the uneasiness associated with torturous, frequent peeing that, in most cases, doesn't come out.
According to statistics from NIDDKD (National Institute of Digestive and Diabetic and Kidney Diseases), It's the second most prevalent infection affecting eight million women annually, with a global infection standing at 150 million women annually.
Further, around 40-60% of women will contract it at least once in their lifetime. With such statistics, it's true to say that such misery loves company. So, let's tackle the burning question.
Does Drinking Coffee Cause UTI?
The good news for ardent coffee lovers is that coffee does not cause UTI.
There exist a plethora of causative agents out there that may necessitate the proliferation of UTI, but your morning bean juice doesn't cut it. However, if you contract UTI, you should steer clear from your java until you get entirely treated.
According to Livesrtong.com, coffee can aggravate your UTI by causing more bacteria to stick to your bladder and irritating it at the same time. Due to coffee's diuretic effect that makes one frequently pee, you'll have frequent peeing and burning sensations at the same time.
Since coffee is a diuretic, consuming it in copious amounts may lead to dehydration, meaning that your pee gets more concentrated with salts, which further irritates your bladder.
Looking back, I now realize that Lisa's coffee consumption habits were to blame since she guzzled copious amounts to keep her up to the task, given her hectic work schedule. The empty cans of monster energy drinks littering her car weren't doing her any further favors.
However, Jessica Booth tends to think otherwise, she insists that the rate of UTI infection greatly varies among women. Thus, for those who are prone to such infections, they should desist from taking large amounts of tea or coffee since it may cause the proliferation of UTI.
In as much as this may be possible, she goes further to opine that having that occasional cup of coffee should not be a source of worry since other factors are highly causative. One should also check their sugar levels since it mostly goes hand in hand with coffee- UTI causing bacteria acts on sugar, further aggravating an already existing situation.
Caffeine And Bladder Problems
Since we've established that consumption of coffee doesn't lead to UTI, we must recognize the fact that staying away from caffeine and other caffeinated products such as energy drinks and chocolates would help in the fight against UTI.
It's also vital to note that coffee beyond the recommended limit may lead to detrusor instability- the involuntary contraction of the bladder, causing one to rush to the loo, and in worse cases, wetting your pants.
According to a study conducted for urinary incontinence in over 250 women, the relationship between detrusor instability and coffee consumption got documented. The researchers from Rhode Island found out that women who downed more than four cups daily were two and a half times more susceptible to detrusor instability than those who consumed little to no caffeine.
Those who fell in the stipulated ranges of two to four cups were one and a half times likely to suffer from the condition. Further, the research indicated that 40% of women above 65 years might have the condition compared to 30% of their younger counterparts.
Blaivas, an attending surgeon at Cornell Medical Centre in New York, points out that it's worth cutting down caffeinated products to combat the situation. Additionally, he advises other forms of treatment, such as pelvic exercises, timing your urination, and lastly, medication. The first reason would be to investigate why one has such a condition to match up the treatment. He suggests that exercising would be a great way of training one to stop the bladder from contracting.
Treatment Forms For UTI
It's a no brainer that it is essential to hydrate by drinking clear fluids such as water, which reduces the inflammation rate, thereby gradually arresting the painful experience of a UTI.
Antibiotics are known to be the first line of defense, but treatment will depend on the severity of the infection and the number of days.
Boosting your cranberry intake with probiotics would come in handy since probiotics have lactobacillus bacteria that replace the bad ones in the urinary tract.
It's quite evident that coffee consumption doesn't lead to UTI. For coffee lovers out there, you don't have to give up the love for your morning cup of power to avoid contracting UTI.
However, the secret to combating UTI is cutting down or permanently stopping the consumption of caffeinated products, well, at least until your treatment gets completed. Ultimately, your coffee consumption will depend on your body's reaction.
In the meantime, drinking lots of water, cranberry juice and some strong antibiotics will ensure that you go back to your favorite cup in no time.
Well, Lisa had to find it out the hard way.