If you have to take the antibiotics, probiotics are the ticket to get through it with the least amount of trouble. Let me know exactly what you’re taking now in the way of a probiotic.
You’ll want to take the probiotics at least 2 to 3 hours before and 2 to 3 hours after an antibiotic to be sure you’re getting the full benefit of both. If you take them together you’ll just cancel out the probiotic because the antibiotics will destroy them.
You’ll want to do the same thing with kefir if you’re using it, which you really should be.
A natural option is cranberry extract capsules or pure powder. Cranberry works in part by preventing bacteria from adhering to the bladder. The condensed tannins or proanthocyanidins adhere to the tiny hairs of the bacterial surface, changing the structure of the bacteria and preventing bacteria from implanting in the bladder wall. Researchers discovered chemical changes caused by cranberry juice create an energy barrier that keeps the bacteria from getting close to the urinary tract lining in the first place.