These stories have been kindly provided by people who are now infection-free or are well along their healing path. They have followed a variety of treatment protocols. Some names have been changed.

Do not lose heart and keep going. It is such a slow and gradual process but you will improve – Kate’s story

I am completely well now. In the last three years I have started two successful companies and travelled extensively – Catherine's story

I am a lot better right now, no antibiotics and have not taken them for a year – Karen’s story

It has been nearly 35 years since my first UTI, however I am getting back to living normally – Sarah’s story

It’s been a long tough road, but my specialist has given me my life back – Julia's story

I’m back to my foodie lifestyle – Lauren’s story

My life is a complete turnaround – Katrina's story

Thank goodness I found two specialists that were able to help me because they understood my chronic UTI – Hannah’s story

I can live a normal, pain-free life – Carolyn and Emma, a mother and daughter story

Now I have a life, I am happy, but I have been to the darkest places over the years. I am so glad I hung in there even though at times I had no hope – Dannii's story

It is so lovely to be able to commit to games again and know that I will be well enough to play – Wendy’s story

I believe treating the bladder in isolation is pointless – there is a reason you ended up with a chronic bladder infection – Lottie’s story

18 months on and I am a very different person, I’m not yet 100% but I am 100% better than I was – Tina’s story

Stuck in a loop of ongoing symptoms?

  • If your GP has been unsuccessful in helping you initially, find a practitioner who understands recurrent and persistent bladder infections. GPs are restricted by guidelines that don’t recognise these. Find a practitioner
  • Read and research as much as possible, this website and others can help you understand more and look for support and treatment.
  • Understand that your practitioner cannot be responsible for all elements of your treatment. It will require some changes from you. You alone are responsible for your own health.
  • Involve family and friends in helping you to get well – speak out and be upfront, don’t hide away. You will need their support and encouragement. Educate them. Who knows, in the future, they or someone they know may need your help to treat a chronic UTI. Share our guide for family and friends.
  • These infections are more common than you think and you can help others whilst you are in treatment. Support networks are out there. Read more here
  • There may be an underlying cause as to why you have developed a persistent infection – if this is the case work with practitioners to help you.
  • There are no short cuts in treatment, it will require a commitment from you and an understanding that this could take as long as is necessary to regain your health.
  • Each sufferer is unique due to their circumstances, age, genetics and health load. Be realistic and recognise that quick fixes on social media or guarantees of “cures” because a treatment helped one person may not apply to you. Focus on your own unique health needs.