Hi, I'm a 16 year old female. I have a bladder infection, this is my second one I've had so far. I got one two months and went on the antibiotic Cipro for it. But this time I wanted to try some natural remedies, because of one, the antibiotics were very harsh on my body and I got bad side effects like nausea, head and body aches, I hear that antibiotics not only get rid of bad bacteria, but good bacteria too (which to me isn't good), and I'm currently on birth control pills for my periods and the antibiotics make it ineffective and make my periods more difficult to deal with.
So I've had the infection for 2 weeks I'd say, when I first felt that I had, I began drinking lots and lots of water. Then I came on this website and saw the remedy of Apple cider vinegar, I first put 2 tablespoons of it in water with some lemon juice, and I was also drinking unsweetened cranberry juice, I was drinking this mixture with the cranberry juice and water for about a week and still feeling the bladder infecton, then this past week I've been drinking the 2 tablespoons of the apple cider vider straight up 3 times a day, with water and cranberry juice throughout the day and felt a lot better, less pain, but I still noticed it. You should also know that since I had the infection, I was taking 2000 mg of vitamin c, a cranberry supplement, and echinacea, and this past week the same thing but with increased dosage of vitamin c.
My mother who is a nurse, told me that I could still be feeling pain because of a sore urethra, to be honest, I've never peed so much in my entire life like I have these past 2 weeks. So today, I reduced the amount of fluids I've been taking and drank 2 water bottles and cranberry juice, 1 I drank throughout that day that I had put 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and when I last urinated, it was a lot more painful. I'm not sure if it's because I was not drinking as many fluids and the fluids that I was drinking was high in acidity. So I don't really know what to do, do I have a sore urethra? Or do I still have the bladder infection? I don't know what else to try, I've also eaten foods with sea salt. Please, I don't know what else to do and my family can't really afford to take me to the doctor for this, ever since my parents divorced, money has been tight. Whatever advice you can give me will be helpful. Thank you.