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Cystex & Book Giveaway (ENDED)

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, August 30, 2009 | 61 comments
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A Seat on the Aisle, Please! The Essential Guide to Urinary Tract Problems in Women, by Elizabeth Kavaler, M.D. Today's giveaway is “A Seat on the Aisle, Please! The Essential Guide to Urinary Tract Problems in Women,” by Elizabeth Kavaler, M.D. (Copernicus Books, 2006) and a 40 tablet box of Cystex: Urinary Pain Relief tablets - a total value of $40.00.

Fortunately, none of us had a need for this product, and I know it's kind of uncomfortable to talk about - but many women have had this problem at some point in their lives. So yeah, we are going to talk about it - for all those who've been distressed, isolated, and embarrassed for too long!

Did you know that urinary tract infections (UTIs) account for 8.3 million doctor visits each year? “UTIs are considered the second most common infection in the body,” says Elizabeth Kavaler, M.D.

Cystex - Urinary Pain Relief tabletsWhile some women may diagnose themselves, a UTI requires both confirmation with a doctor’s diagnosis (urinalysis and/or urine culture) and a course of antibiotics to clear it up. However, it may take several days to get in to see your physician, and for the antibiotics to kick in. Cystex® is the only over-the-counter urinary pain reliever available with a dual-action formula that not only eases the pain and burning caused by a UTI but also contains an antibacterial to help stop the progression of bacterial growth.

In the course of a lifetime, more than half of all women will experience some form of debilitating pelvic disease or discomfort, including chronic urinary tract infections, various kinds of incontinence, pelvic floor prolapse, and interstitial cystitis. Surprisingly, until recently there has been only scant attention paid to this very common group of disorders, considering the vast population of sufferers. What's more, doctors have long tended to dismiss many symptoms of urinary tract disorders as an inevitable consequence of the aging process or, worse still, as indicators of underlying psychological disease.

First, take our poll below:

It’s no secret that women don’t like public restrooms: a recent survey conducted by Cystex® urinary relief tablets finds that 70% of women indicated they have walked out of a public restroom without using it because they felt it was “too dirty.” However, if you squat when you urinate in a public restroom to avoid an infection from the toilet seat, you might be surprised to learn that you may actually be doing more harm then good.

According to Elizabeth Kavaler, M.D., squatting over the seat can actually prevent the complete emptying of the bladder, which can lead to infection, especially in women who are prone to urinary tract infections (UTIs).

“When you squat over the toilet seat, you keep your pelvic muscles contracted, which reduces your ability to empty your bladder completely, as you would be able to if you were sitting and relaxed,”
explains Dr. Kavaler, who is one of 500 female urologists in the United States specializing in female urinary tract issues. “When the bladder doesn’t empty completely, the remaining urine can become a breeding ground for bacteria, which may lead to a UTI.”

“If there are no toilet seat covers available, line the seat with toilet paper and take a seat,” advises Dr. Kavaler. “It’s important to note that you will not catch any infection, including STDs, from sitting on a public toilet seat.”

To help women better understand UTIs and how they can be avoided and treated, Dr. Kavaler is taking part in the new Cystex “Know Your Bladder Better” video series. Enjoy the videos and if you don’t see your topic addressed or have a question of your own, please feel free to Ask Dr. Kavaler a question about UTIs or bladder health by using their online submission form.

More videos:
Know Your Bladder Better: UTI Facts
Know Your Bladder Better: Take a Seat to Avoid a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
Know Your Bladder Better: Sex and UTI Connection
Know Your Bladder Better: Cranberries Great for UTI Prevention, But Not for Treatment
Know Your Bladder Better: Menopause Causes UTI Risk

This contest is now closed.

Announcing the winner! There were 65 entries, with one (1) winner.
The winning number is #35 - MomUnion. Congratulations!

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  1. Interesting video! I didn't realize women were so outnumbered by men in the field of urology! Glad there are some... I think a woman's POV on women's UTI issues might be more accurate.

  2. more than 8.3 million doctor visits a year are for a UTI!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Interesting. Things we need to know. Thanks.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Nice to know that UTI's don't do long term damage to my body!

  5. Karin says:

    Great to know that having multiple UTI's won't do permanent damage to my body.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I have been plagued by utis and bladder pain most of my life. This new product gives me hope.

  7. Anonymous says:

    As a sufferer of utis and bladder pain most of my life, this new product gives me hope!!!

  8. missmeigs(at)yahoo.com says:

    i learned a lot - mostly that I need to be more pro-active about my own health

  9. Anonymous says:

    I learned that (thank God) these are not harmful to my body. So what good is a urologist (just kidding!).

    I also learned that there are only around 500 female urologists in the nation. I wonder why?

  10. Anonymous says:

    I found you on Prizey.

  11. Anonymous says:

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  12. Anonymous says:

    Twitter follower: Spoodles

  13. Anonymous says:

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    There is another blog called Frugal, Freebies, and Deals. Very confusing...

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  15. Anonymous says:

    I follow.

  16. Shaunee says:

    I have had quite a few Urinary Tract infections. I find this very interesting and I would like to try these pills out.

  17. I learned that 8.3 million visits to the doctor are for UTIs.

    I have a diagnosis of Interstitial Cystitis and am very interested in reading this book.


  18. I found this contest on online-sweepstakes.com


  19. Anonymous says:

    I learned that having UTIs do not do long term body damage...

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  20. Anonymous says:

    Most doctor visits are for U tI's but they don't do long term damage to the body.

  21. Michelle says:

    I leaned that Dr. Elizabeth Kavaler is only 1 in 500 Women Urologist in the U.S and that more than 8.3 Million Doctor Visits a Year are for a UTI...

  22. Michelle says:

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  23. Michelle says:

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  24. KMG852 says:

    I learned that UTI's are the second most frequent reason people visit the doctor.

  25. JeansandTs@hotmail.com
    I learned that urinary infections are more common than I thought, and I'm not the only one getting them, and they sre not doing permanent damage to me.

  26. Anonymous says:

    I learned how common UTI's are, especially in women. I learned that they don't do long term damage (Thank goodness) and that cranberry juice can do more harm than good if not taken at the very onset of the UTI.


  27. Anonymous says:

    I found out about this giveaway through the giveaway round-up on Just a Mom's Take on Things.


  28. Anonymous says:



  29. thaeter7 says:

    urinary infections are very common. i get them a lot myself. would love to win info.

  30. Paula says:

    I never realized that so may (8.3 million) visits a year to the doctor are for UTI's.

  31. Rose says:

    Wow, at least I'm not alone in this.8.3 million!

  32. Mom Union says:

    I learned that, when using a public toilet, squatting (rather than sitting) is more likely to cause an infection because you can't empty your bladder completly. The uring left in the bladder can become infected.


  33. Mom Union says:

    I found your link on Online Sweepstakes.com

  34. Mom Union says:

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  35. Mom Union says:

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  36. Mom Union says:

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  37. Mom Union says:

    Stumbled: The Mom Union

  38. Anonymous says:

    They are relatively common.


  39. cman says:

    More than 8.3 million doctor visits a year are for a UTI..

  40. Jayna says:

    I'd always heard that a UTI could damage your kidneys (if not treated right away). It's nice to know that's not really a danger.

  41. Chris says:

    Need to be more pro active about my own health

  42. nomorepnj4me says:

    UTI are more common than I thought and thankfully they do not cause long term damage.

  43. arla says:

    Having multiple UTI's won't do permanent damage to my body. I never knew that.

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  45. arla says:

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  46. dhunt says:

    I get bladder infection all the time.

  47. cdmarteny says:

    i learned that with so fue women urrologist i am lucky to have had one moving mean i need to find a new dr

  48. I learned having multiple UTI's won't do permanent damage !

    I shared this on facebook & sent a msg to my niece to enter.
    We both suffer from a backflow problem & right now she is really ill!

  49. found out about this giveaway thur online sweepstakes.


  50. Facebook fan & follow!
    Shared it too!


  51. I follow on blogger!


  52. Nancy S. says:

    I learned that it is worse to squat at a public toilet than to sit.
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  53. Nancy S. says:

    I heard about this on Sweepstakes Advantage.
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  54. Nancy S. says:

    I tweeted.
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  55. i get so many bladder infections and over 8.3 million doctor visits are for uti thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

  56. i found on prizey thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

  57. lilyk says:

    I learned that there are only around 500 female urologists in the nation.

  58. lilyk says:

    I found out about this giveaway from another web page.


  59. lilyk says:

    I follow you on Facebook.


  60. Dawn Reid says:

    I learned that having UTIs do not do long term body damage.

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