I'm interested in finding out if any of you take anticbitocs to prevent UTIs occuring, and if so if this a permanent thing, has it been successful?

I have been getting UTIs for the last 10 years, up until a few months a go, i'd have 1 maybe 2 a year, which I could cope with, but since April this year I have had three which I have needed antibiotics for, and in between these (what I call fully blown infections - constantantly needing to wee, blood in my urine, very painful to urinate), I have also felt 'not right' where I have been taking over the counter remedies and drinking cranberry unti it comes out of my ears to ease the symptoms and try to ward them off.

Although it is only a few months that this has been happening so often I am worn out by it, and feel very anxious and upset. It just seems to be one after another at the moment. I'm constanctly calling in sick, or crying in the toilets because I can't think of anything but needing the loo, and the pain it causes!

It's got to the point where it is at the forefront of my mind, I dread having sex incase I get another UTI (i'm not even sure if that is the 'cause'), and I feel sick at the thought of going on holiday next week just incase I get one, and can't get any medication for it!

Anyway, to come back to my original question, all three of my infections over the last couple of months have been successfully treated with Trimethoprim, and in the accompanying leaflet it says that it can also be taken in lower doses once a day for prevention.

I have an appointment with my doctor booked for Friday and I am going to ask about this, but I don't know how common it is to do this. At this point I feel like i'm going to burst into tears if she says no!

I guess i'm basically just after any advice, or suggestions whether it is to do with long-term prevention antibitoics or just general tips - I try to make sure I do what the doctor suggests i.e. wiping front to back, urinating after sex etc. but it doesn't seem to be helping.

If you have read this far then thank you very much - I did not intend my post to be so long!