Cranberry is often recommended as an alternative therapy for cystitis and urinary tract infections (UTIs). Originally, complementary doctors thought that cranberry acidified the urine to create an antibacterial effect. Further research showed that patients would need to drink 1,500 mL (about 6-1/3 cups) to bring the urine’s pH to 5.5, the level that would kill bacteria. That’s a whole lot of cranberry juice.
A watchful eye and a quick response are the best defense against serious health issues, but it isn’t always easy to tell when it’s time to schedule a medical appointment. While women are advised to consult with a gynecologist at least once per year regardless of age or sexual activity, some symptoms can be a warning sign that it’s time to call your OB/GYN right away. Below are some of the common signs that it is time to speak with your gynecologist.