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Hyaluronic Acid Injection is a clear, colourless liquid for use in the temporary replacement of the bladder lining. The primary component is sodium hyaluronate, a salt of hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in the fluids of the eye, the joints, and in the glycosaminoglycan (GAG) layer of the bladder lining. This layer – which is deficient in many patients with interstitial cystitis, and other painful bladder conditions – is believed to provide the bladder wall with a protective coating against irritants in the urine.
Hyaluronic Acid is instilled directly into the bladder. The procedure is quite painless and may be undertaken in a hospital/clinic, or self-administered following instruction from a Health Care Professional. For best results, Hyaluronic Acid should be retained in the bladder for as long as possible (a minimum of 30 minutes).
Hyaluronic Acid is administered initially once weekly, for four consecutive weeks, then monthly until symptoms resolve (approximately 2 to 4 months.
Potential side effects are minor and include mild bladder pain and small risk of urine infection
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common, can be painful and uncomfortable, but they can be easily treated with a course of antibiotics.
UTIs are more common in women than in men. Up to half the population of women will suffer a urinary tract infection (UTI) within their lifetime, of which 25−35% will have a recurrent urinary tract infection within 3−6 months.
A recurrent UTI is defined as three or more uncomplicated infections documented by urine culture in the last 12 months.
Women are more likely than men to have a UTI. This is because in women, the urethra is closer to the anus than it is in men. Also, the urethra is much shorter in women, making it easier for bacteria to reach the bladder.
You are also more likely to develop a UTI if you have: