EDISON, N.J., Sept. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- What would having a "better bladder" mean to you? That was the question the urinary health brand Cystex® posed to a select group of women of various ages from various parts of the U.S. several months ago. All in the group had one thing in common: they were self-identified "recurrent" UTI sufferers, meaning they suffered three or more urinary tract infections within a 12-month period, and all expressed interest in taking the Cystex® Better Bladder Challenge.
As part of this non-scientific Challenge, the women agreed to take Cystex® Liquid Cranberry Complex with Proantinox®, a drug-free, dietary supplement developed to help promote urinary health, daily for 12 weeks and report in weekly on their progress. At the end of the 12 weeks, all were asked an important follow-up question: "Do you feel you have a better bladder?" By their own accounts, the answer was a unanimous "Yes."
"While this was in no way a scientifically-based study, as a practicing urologist, I believe that the results were impressive," says Elizabeth Kavaler, M.D., a New York City urologist specializing in female urinary health. “What I especially found impressive were the women’s own evaluations of their bladder health – before and after – and the dramatic improvements reported.”
A search for participants began within the social media community with a "call out" for volunteers with recurrent UTIs via the Cystex Facebook page, Cystex Ladies Room Blog and through outreach to bloggers, who spread the word through their network of consumers and other bloggers.
The Challenge group was narrowed down to 10 women selected from within a group who indicated their bladder health was “somewhat” to “very” problematic. All were supplied with a 12-week supply of Cystex® Liquid Cranberry Complex with Proantinox®. Participants were asked to fill out a questionnaire at the start of the challenge and report on their progress weekly. Weekly results were shared by the women and communicated via the Cystex "Ladies Room" blog and the Cystex Facebook page.
Eighty percent of the group completed the 12-week Challenge. At the conclusion, participants filled out a final questionnaire. In addition to their reports of a better bladder, participants reported another marked improvement: In the 12 months prior to beginning the Challenge, this group of women had paid an average of four visits to the doctor for UTI-related issues. During the 12 weeks of the Challenge, the total number of doctors visits was zero.
Other key highlights:
- When asked to rate their current state of bladder health on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being the worst, 10 the best), five out of the eight gave themselves "perfect 10s" at the end of the Challenge. Overall, participants improved their ranking by an average of 3.5 points from the beginning to the end of the Challenge.
- All participants but one reported experiencing emotional distress due to UTIs before taking the Challenge; none experienced emotional distress due to UTIs during the Challenge period.
- When asked to rate the level of interference with normal activities with family, friends, etc. due to UTIs on a scale of 1 to 10, the participants reported an average of 84% improvement from the beginning to the end of the Challenge. All but one reported no interference from UTIs during the 12-week Challenge.
- All said they plan to continue using Cystex® Liquid Cranberry Complex with Proantinox® after the conclusion of the Better Bladder Challenge.
"All of the patients reported improvement after initiating use of Cystex Liquid Cranberry Complex, and none reported an adverse reaction," said Dr. Kavaler. "The personal accounts of the impact that this supplement had, from reduced stress to improvements in quality of life, are great substantiation!"
More information on the Cystex® Better Bladder Challenge and Cystex® Liquid Cranberry Complex with Proantinox® can be found at www.cystex.com.
SOURCE DSE Healthcare Solutions