Cystex & Book Giveaway (CLOSED)

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, August 30, 2009 | 65 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. To make up for the lack of giveaway last week, while my husband was in hospital, I am doing several giveaways this week. I might just do one every day till our birthday celebration begins, when the bigger prizes come into play. We shall see how my time goes.

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

And on to the giveaway...

Winning is easy!!
To enter to win this book and Cystex, please leave a comment telling us something you learned while watching the videos?

For more chances to win, do as many or as few of the following as you wish - and please make sure to leave a separate comment for each one completed. Bunching them all together in one post will only give you one entry.

I will choose one random comment using the integer generator, so the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win these great products! Only relevant comments will be accepted. Your Giveaway prize is always free, there is no entry fee, no shipping & handling fee.

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This giveaway is open to US & Canadian entrants. You don't have to be a blogger to win, just supply a valid e-mail address (write it like this: email (at) hotmail (dot) com - so the spammers won't get you) or sign up to, if you are still not comfortable leaving your email on a public blog.

When the giveaway ends:
Two weeks from posting. This giveaway ends on Sept 13/09. I will e-mail the winner, and results are always posted here on the following Monday as well. If the winner doesn't respond within four business days, with contact details, a new winner will be drawn.

My Visit to the Doctor video from Kids in Daily SituationsI am also submitting the winner info to PRIZEYWinners so, if you wish, you can check there to see if you've won your giveaway. This offers readers the opportunity to check there without the inconvenience or security risk of offering up personal emails in public blog comments.

Thank you to Sweeties Sweeps and The Lucky Ladybug for listing my blog giveaway.

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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. Unknown says:

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

  7. Unknown says:

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

  8. missmeigs(at) 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?

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  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.


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  19. Anonymous says:

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

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  20. Unknown 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...

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  24. KMG852 says:

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

    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.


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  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.


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  39. Anonymous says:

    They are relatively common.

  40. cman says:

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

  41. 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.

  42. Chris says:

    Need to be more pro active about my own health

  43. nomorepnj4me says:

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

  44. arla says:

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

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  47. dhunt says:

    I get bladder infection all the time.

  48. 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

  49. 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!

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  58. i get so many bladder infections and over 8.3 million doctor visits are for uti thanks for the chance to win

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  61. lilyk says:

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

  62. lilyk says:

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  64. Dawn Reid says:

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

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