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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on 13 May 2005
This book saved me; in more ways than one. It saved my mental state, my relationship and cured me from constant cystitis. Please please please, if you know ANYONE with frequent cystitis, advise them to buy this book. People with Chronic Bladder Infections do not have to live on anti-biotics, with thrush, unable to drink alcohol, living in fear of sex..... this book has the answers. Since buying the book 5 years ago, after constant cystitis for a entire year, GP's had recommended me to a urologist, my immune system was exhausted after continuous anti-biotics. I read this book and havent had an infection since.The answers are simple+ Kilmartin is a Godsend!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2010
I am normally very sceptical about books which people claim to be life changing, but this is one of them. The advice is based on common sense and since reading it, my life has been turned around.

I have suffered from cystitis for over 7 years and have had recurring cystitis for over a year now. It has ruined my relationship, my social life, disrupted my degree studies and at my lowest points has made me feel suicidal. I know that cystitis affects women in many different ways and may merely be a slight nuisance to some. But for those of you that have suffered from recurrent cystitis, returning to the doctors again and again for yet more antibiotics, and feel like you've tried every route you could (you may have even had surgery), PLEASE, buy this book.

As a piece of literature, the book may have it's flaws. Indeed there is repetition, and information is not always presented in a logical order throughout. (However, I presume that this is because the book is split into three parts, for the different types of sufferers and assumes that many readers may only look at the section relevant to them.) The book is written in a language that is easy to understand and is very sympathetic to the reader, which I found comforting. For me, the sense of repetition and the emphasis that is put on carrying out the preventative measures has been very helpful. I imagine it is written for the sceptical reader (initially myself included), who believes that no one could possibly help them after endless doctors have tried, but Kilmartin can. When she says she knows best, just swallow your pride because she is right!

Since practicing the preventative methods stated in the book (which, with response to other reviews, do not take over your life, I know I have tried them), I have not had another bout of cystitis. Believe me, before this book I had tried EVERYTHING, every preventative method ever mentioned to me or which I had discovered through my own research, yet I had never come across the methods in this book (particularly the bottle washing). It has changed my life completely and I have just celebrated my first cystitis free month in over a year. My relationship is getting back on track, I managed to complete my degree and I am starting to socialise again without having to sit there in agony or be on the toilet all evening. I am also off of the antibiotics!

I have given the book five stars because to me, if a book can turn someones life around to the extent it has mine, the imperfections in writing style are irrelevant. The book is not intended as a piece of literature but as a resolution for desperate, sceptical women who just want to break free from the hell of cystitis.

Buy this book, use your common sense and you will not be disappointed.

(I also recommend reading this book together with Coping with Cystitis (Overcoming common problems) which also has some useful advice and complements Kilmartins book well, despite the slightly dodgy chapters on homeopathic remedies).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 7 May 2011
I was reading the book this morning and her style of writing, the usefulness of information and her ability to sympathize with the reader made me think that I have to write a review about this book. There are many useful sexual information in the book to prevent thrush and cystitis (what I've been suffering with). Some of the tips are repeated, which i love about this book because i have to keep repeating information to myself to remember the tips in preventing cystitis and thrush, etc. her repetition of information assists me in remembering the useful tips.

Also, as an active feminist I am in love with her ideas of how a good sex should be; which is basically having your own way with sex and responding to what your body wants, not falling for what porn industries try to portray to you, etc.

I must quote this sentence from her book which inspired me this morning "porn films and magazines are not promoting love, they're promoting fortunes and slavery. Why make rich men richer?" Now you might think "how is this related to cystitis?" but trust me after reading this, I've realized that many of my attitudes and ways of having sex (taught and encouraged by the hyper-sexual aspects of the modern society) have been possibly causing me pain, thrush and cystitis, I am 20 and have never been openly taught the right and comfortable ways of having sex. So this book is very handy and useful. I totally recommend it.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 4 October 2002
This book is a god-send. The book is based on prevention being the key. It describes the many causes and advice on how to pin point your exact cause which will help you preventing getting it again. The book contains natural ways of preventing attacks as well as natural remedies to take on the onset of an. A large emphasis on the book is on cleanliness, its suprising how much bacteria is around even if you are very clean!
There are parts of the book which reiterate the same point but that just drives home the importance of that point!
I have had the book for about 4 months and i have not had a full attack since i have started following her instructions. Admitidly I have had minor symptoms when i have slipped up and not followed her instructions properly, but that just shows her instructions are working.
I recommend it for any suffers, I much prefer having to do preventative natural treatments than being constantly on antibiotics!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 January 2014
I came across this book and ONLY followed the methods mentioned, which includes the wonderful bottle wash techniques that changed my life. Honestly why didn't anyone -especially doctors- come up with such a BRILLIANT method before? this amazing technique works so well at no cost.

Angela is a very caring human being for sharing her findings and knowledge in this area with the rest of us, so we don't suffer like she did so THANK YOU for that. She is also available for further assistance if needed

The book doesn't just include methods of preventing cystitis, it also contains a lot of information that every sufferer needs to know, information that our doctors have never told us

Before judging the effectiveness of the techniques and methods mentioned in the book, you must try them out. Also, make sure you read the book carefully to ensure you don't miss out any important points (Angela knows her topic more than your nurse or doctor will, there is a lot she has to share and you have to make the effort to understand)

I am so grateful to have come across this book
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 July 2006
I have been following Angela's advice for about six years now. I can't say I've never had another attack, but the difference has been transforming. On the rare occassions I do get an attack now I know exactly how to 'nip it in the bud' and minimise the pain and discomfort. I used to suffer very frequent attacks with lots of bleeding and excruciating pain. Nothing helped me until I started taking Angela's advice. I am so extremely grateful to her, as she has made such a difference to my life.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 19 August 2002
This book will provide real encouragement and hope for any woman who gets and dreads getting cystitis. Angela Kilmartin really seems to know what she's talking about and her no-nonsense style is surprisingly uplifting and motivating as she empathises with her readers. There is lots of detail about the causes of cystitis (also thrush) and lots of guidance on getting the most out of the medical profession. Her real enthusiasm, however, is reserved for the area of personal hygiene about which she is positively evangelical! There are VERY clear instructions on washing and dos and don'ts, as well as a wealth of lifestyle tips.
Although very welcome, this book is let down by its lack of an index and can be confusing to find your way about in. Various principles are reiterated and repeated all over the place which can be confusing if you are looking for something specific and the order of the sections is also a bit odd.
Don't let this put you off, though!! Having just bought the book two days ago, I can't say whether it's worked for me yet, but I already feel as though I have been equipped to improve my own situation and am determined to follow her advice to the letter!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 January 2010
Angela Kilmartin truly is a God send. I found this book on Amazon, when searching for help following yet another bout of cystitis. I can truly say I have not looked back since. Infact, I think each GP practice should give the details of this book to Patients attending with urinary tract infections instead of the useless advice of drinking cranberry juice. Angela Kilmartin's advice is clear, direct and authoritative. She gives an account of her own experience of living with years of constant cystitis and thrush and how she found the techniques to stop them. Angela gives you the information to be your "own Detective" and find out the triggers for your cysitis attacks and therefore be able to prevent them. The biggest emphasis is on personnel hygiene which you need to follow to the letter for success. Some people may criticise this as being a tad OCD, but believe me, if you have suffered the agony, frustration and tears that cystitis brings, you will not find the little extra effort involved to prevent it a problem. Three cheers for Angela Kilmartin!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 April 2011
I had an early book by Angela Kilmartin 20 years ago and found it very useful but dropped away over the years. This book was recently recommended to me after a 3 month illness and it has been my salvation. I am recovering fast thanks to applying her advice (again). I must not forget about it this time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 August 2010
Ever since I was a teenager and several decades later I have constantly suffered from cystitis. That is, until I purchased this book out of desperation exactly a year ago. I am so relieved that I did. After many unproductive visits to the doctor who could only prescribe antibiotics and give advice that did not work; refer me to a consultant who gave equally useless advice and was very costly, I would recommend this book to any sufferer as I have not had cystitis since. The information is well-researched and easy to understand and provides clear, practical advice. If only I had had this book from the start...
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