Chronic UTIs: women are spending £1,500 a year trying treatments when the NHS has failed.

The NHS formally recognised chronic UTIs as a condition earlier this year – but sufferers are still struggling to get effective diagnosis and treatment.

Off-label antibiotics ordered from Hong Kong, bacteriophages cultivated in Georgia, bladder fulguration undergone in Turkey – these are some of the lengths people in the UK are resorting to in desperate bids to rid themselves of urinary tract infections (UTIs) where NHS treatments have failed.

In March, the NHS recognised the existence of chronic UTI, which affects up to 1.7 million women in the UK, after campaigners demanded more help for the thousands of women for whom an acute UTI leads to a debilitating condition that can last for years.

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