Belinda's story

My name is Belinda. I would describe myself as a personal assistant, singer and a caring, sensitive, friendly and happy person. Unfortunately, since I was young, bladder infections have also been a big part of my life.

I’ve been back and forward to doctors and hospitals, took tablets, had injections, was x-rayed and participating in various tests and surgeries. Eventually I was diagnosed with urinary retention (the cause is unknown). My bladder hasn’t been emptying properly for years, which was leading to the infections. I was shown a technique of pressing on my body to help more urine come out from my bladder.

The objective of cathing for me is to try and reduce my bladder infections, because emptying my bladder fully and regularly will stop urine stagnating and allowing bacteria to grow. I have also been told it might retrain my bladder muscle to work by itself again, but no guarantees.

I don’t like the idea of cathing much, but at the same time I feel optimistic about this simple opportunity to improve my situation and get rid of these endless infections!

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Day: 49

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Day 49

I think the aqueous cream is working well. It is unpurfumed so it does not strip away all of the natural fluids in the genital area and expose you to getting more infections.

I have been told that the natural fluids that are secreted by the body are meant to be left on the body! Other soaps and products can upset the natural balance.

My doctor advised me to just use water, as long as I had washed once properly earlier in the day (e.g. during my morning shower). It feels wrong just using water after my first initial wash, but so far my doctor seems to have been correct and I have had no urine infections because of this procedure.