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      Lightingbolt
      Participant

      Ever since the rape I have experienced recurring UTIs despite never suffering from them before. Could this be due to being raped and not seeking treatment from a. medical professional? Has anyone else experienced this?

    • #118377
      KIP.
      Participant

      I think you should ask the doctor about this. I know I was told to get an STI test by the police after reporting the rape. It may be that your body is just run down with the stress of things. I’ve had them in the past and they do recurr from time totime but not related to the rape. My mum has them frequently too. There are some thing you can do to help prevent them. Drink lots of water and I was told barley water and cranberry juice can help. Stress and trauma weakens our immune system.

    • #118404
      Lisa
      Main Moderator

      Hi Lighteningbolt,

      UTI’s are very common and can be caused by multiple factors. It would be really beneficial to speak to a health professional about it if you feel comfortable to do so. Either your GP, or you could visit your local confidential sexual health clinic for a check up?

      If you feel like it might be helpful to seek some support or to talk in more detail about the sexual abuse you have experienced, you could contact Rape Crisis. They now have a live chat service if you could prefer to use that rather than call: https://rapecrisis.org.uk/get-help/live-chat-helpline/about-the-live-chat-helpline/
      Or they have a national telephone helpline on 0808 802 9999. You can also find your nearest sexual abuse support service here: https://rapecrisis.org.uk/get-help/find-a-rape-crisis-centre/

      Take care and keep posting,
      Lisa

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