Utiva is a brand of UTI products brought to you by Szio+ with one goal in mind: to help those who suffer from Urinary Tract Infections. Utiva's founders, Derek and Faraz, are no strangers to this as the toll of Urinary Tract Infections have affected important women in both their lives. These experiences compelled them to deepen their understanding of the condition and engage with professionals in academic centers in the hopes of finding a practical and natural solution – one that would allow anyone to detect early so they don’t ignore their symptoms and also reduce the dependence on antibiotics as a form of prevention for UTIs.
These are the stories that inspired Utiva
A few years ago, I was woken up by my phone in the middle of the night. Seeing my wife calling while away on her trip to Asia, I knew there was probably something wrong. Before she left on the trip, a doctor had prescribed antibiotics for her to treat a UTI but little did we know that she was resistant to that antibiotic and now the UTI had progressed and was now hospitalized on her trip. The infection had spread and was likely in her kidneys.
I could sense the pain, the distress, and frustration in her voice as she shared her symptoms and experience navigating a foreign country’s hospital system. Symptoms that kicked in extremely fast included high fever, sweating, and unbearable pain to the point of almost not being able to walk. And here I was, on the other side of the world unable to help her. Once being able to communicate with the hospital staff, she spent the better part of 8 hours trying to explain her symptoms and starting treatment on IV antibiotics.
Needless to say, that’s when we both agreed we had to find a real, practical solution to prevent those pesky recurring UTIs, especially when travelling for her. A key point was to not need antibiotics on a daily basis as well.
I had got home from a two-week scout trip and was longing to see my mother and siblings; after searching all over the house I finally saw the distressed look on my dad’s face struggling to share the difficult news that my grandma had passed away at the young age of 51 years. My mom along with my siblings had flown back home to India with the agony that she was not close to her mom in her final moments.
It was later we found out that my grandma had neglected the symptoms of a Urinary Tract Infection, similar to most women in India, inconvenient access to care and her own neglect lead her to keep suffering privately. Unfortunately it is suspected that in her case this ended up causing severe kidney and liver damage. Worst was she cared so deeply about us that she avoided getting us all worried about her health.
This had an enormous impact on our family as my mom was now without both her parents and all we could cherish were the memories and dreams she had for us. I always remembered how my grandma would tell me to enter medicine (as most Indians do) but her motivation was altruistic and to be in a position to help reduce the suffering people had and to earn the community’s respect.
As Derek and I were both sharing our stories, we had decided to put our years of healthcare experience, understanding of science and privilege of knowing many key specialists in this area towards helping anyone with a possible UTI. Our vision is to enable consumers to self-test and self-manage a UTI in the comfort of their homes. Early-detection through rapid tests and offering natural options that are clinically proven to keep a UTI away and help them enjoy their life. This personal drive and vision is what lead to the creation of Utiva.
Utiva: Your Partner In UTI Prevention
Both experiences are not uncommon: around 60% of women will experience a UTI at least once in their lifetime, and 30% of those suffer from UTIs every few months.
If you’re a chronic UTI sufferer, you know how much of a nuisance it can be to endure. You’ve probably wished you could get rid of them altogether and tried everything and anything: Drink lots of water? Check. Wipe front to back? Check. Wear cotton underwear? CHECK! Keep taking antibiotics? Check! If you've tried all these and still suffer from recurring UTIs, there’s very little information about what else you can do.
That's where Utiva comes in. We dove into the existing research and developed products based on science to help detect and prevent urinary tract infections. We’re committed to not only help you overcome recurring Urinary Tract Infections but also understand what causes them in the first place.
Our goal is to give you all the tools you need to take charge of your own urinary tract health.