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Honeymoon Mishaps

I was 21 years old when I married my husband (we are now divorced). I was young, naive and didn’t have a lot of money to spend on a wedding. Thankfully my parents helped out and paid for most of it. My dad gave us two tickets to travel first class anywhere that VIA Rail goes in Canada. He won them in a contest and I thought it was so nice of him to give us the tickets so we could have a honeymoon.

We didn’t venture too far. We took the train to Montreal and planned to spend a few nights there sightseeing and spending time together as a new couple. I had called ahead to book a hotel downtown and thought we were all set.

When we arrived at the hotel in Montreal, we were told that a mistake had been made. They had overbooked the hotel and we would only be able to stay there one night. I started freaking out. I had visions of my husband and I braving the elements out on the street with our suitcases. It was a terrible experience!

Thankfully we ended up finding a hotel that could take us in for the rest of our stay. It wasn’t a four star hotel and was a bit sketchy, but at least we had a roof over our heads. We also had each other and that made me happy.

Burning Love

Another thing I’m grateful for is that I didn’t develop the dreaded honeymoon cystitis. I knew what it was back then and was warned by friends who had suffered from it on their honeymoons. Watch this music video, Burning Love by Cystex, for more info about the connection between sex and UTIs.

Honeymoon cystitis is another name for a UTI. Women having sex for the first time or who have intense frequent sex over a period of abstinence are at risk. Your body doesn’t have a chance to recover from the irritation and it makes it easier for the bacteria to enter the urethra.

I’ve had UTIs before and they are awful! 1 in 5 women will contract a UTI in their lifetime and 20% of women with UTIs develop reoccurring infections. It’s the 2nd most common type of infection in the body and accounts for a whopping 8.1 million visits to health care providers each year.

I was so miserable the last time I had a UTI. I couldn’t get in to see a doctor fast enough! I have a good friend who gets UTIs regularly and she tells me how horrible it is. Often times, she can’t get in to see a doctor right away and has to suffer until a clinic opens up. Not fun.

I’m keeping a box of Cystex PLUS Urinary Pain Relief Tablets in my medicine cabinet for “just in case”. You never know when a UTI might hit and I want something to ease my discomfort until I can get in to see a doctor. Cystex PLUS Urinary Pain Relief Tablets are an over-the-counter medication designed to help ease the pain and discomfort of UTIs. It’s the only OTC UTI medication that has an antibacterial agent that helps contain the progression of the infection while easing the pain and discomfort until you can seek medical help.

Cystex Liquid Cranberry Complex is a drug-free daily supplement that is clinically proven to promote urinary health. It’s great for women interested in boosting bladder health or who are at risk for reoccurring UTIs.

You can find Cystex products at mass market retailers nationwide like Walmart, Rite Aid, Duane Read and online retailers. Check out their site for a full list of where to buy Cystex.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cystex®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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