Dr. Jordan Dutton N.D. Integrative Naturopathic Medical Centre Naturopath YVR
4 min|Dr. Jordan Dutton

A New Frontier in Bladder Care: Ozone Bladder Insufflation

Wellness, Education

Bladder infections, whether recurrent or unresponsive to antibiotics, can be a frustrating and painful experience. Many of you may have dealt with urinary urgency, frequency, and the sensation of infection, only to test negative for traditional UTIs. These infections can range from a slight nuisance to an agonizing ordeal, with symptoms worsening over time, especially as women age and hormonal changes reduce protective barriers around the urethra. Conditions like interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome further exacerbate these issues, significantly impacting daily life and well-being.

Conventional treatments often prove ineffective in addressing the root causes of chronic bladder health issues, leaving patients searching for alternatives. We have found Ozone Bladder Insufflation is a groundbreaking therapy offering hope and relief to those struggling with chronic bladder infections and related conditions.

Understanding Bladder Health:

As individuals age, hormonal changes can lead to increased susceptibility to bladder infections, while conditions like interstitial cystitis (1) present chronic challenges. These issues often stem from various factors, including (but not limited to):
  • underlying bladder issues like Interstitial Cystitis
  • bladder injury or neurogenic damage (drug use, MS, etc)
  • chronic low-lying infections
  • high white blood cells and MCAS (mast cell infiltration and inflammation)
  • pelvic floor conditions
  • bladder or other pelvic cancers
  • pregnancy

The Promise of Ozone Therapy:

Contrary to antibiotics (which can save lives but also risk resistance with repeated administration), ozone therapy offers a localized solution at the site of infection, harnessing its diverse array of effects including anti-inflammatory, cytoprotective, antimicrobial, antioxidant, and immunomodulatory properties. This means that if you're grappling with chronic bladder inflammation, harboring low levels of unwelcome bacterial, protozoan, or fungal inhabitants that trigger urinary tract infections under stress, or experiencing cellular damage from persistent infections, ozone therapy, when administered in properly controlled doses, can potentially eradicate, nurture, and rejuvenate the bladder (2).

By inducing moderate and intermittent oxidative stress, ozone therapy not only combats inflammatory immune processes but also enhances oxygen and blood flow to the organ, facilitating repair and restoration of bladder function. This targeted approach to bladder health represents a paradigm shift from traditional antibiotic treatments, holding the promise to revolutionize the management of chronic bladder inflammation and infections.

Indications for Ozone Bladder Insufflation:

Ozone bladder insufflation is ideal for individuals facing recurrent urinary tract infections (3)(4) requiring frequent antibiotic use. It's also beneficial for those experiencing symptoms of chronic infection despite seemingly healthy pelvic floor function or failed conventional treatments for interstitial cystitis. Additionally, it can be considered after unsuccessful estrogen therapy for genitourinary syndrome of menopause.

The Protocol:

Our ozone bladder insufflation protocol begins with meticulous sterile techniques. A disposable catheter is used to clear the bladder before introducing therapeutic ozone gas. For interstitial cystitis, sessions are typically conducted twice weekly for three weeks, totaling six sessions. For urinary tract infections, the frequency and duration vary based on severity and urine culture results.

Ozone therapy is generally well-tolerated, with minimal reported side effects. However, some individuals may experience temporary burning sensations or flu-like symptoms following treatment. These reactions are usually mild and transient, indicating the body's response to microbial elimination and cellular repair.


Ozone bladder insufflation represents a promising frontier in bladder health management, offering a holistic and innovative approach to addressing chronic inflammation and infections. As we continue to expand our understanding of this therapy, it holds the potential to transform the lives of individuals struggling with bladder-related issues, providing hope and relief where traditional treatments have fallen short.

Book an appointment with Dr. Jordan Dutton at Integrative to discuss your bladder concerns and find out if Ozone Bladder Insufflation could be right for you.
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