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Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) During Menopause
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Is it just me, or do others have more UTI's during menopause?
Urinary tract infection (UTI)
may be more common for women during menopause
. The cause can be the drop in estrogen levels, so women in both natural and surgical menopause can be at risk.
Adequate estrogen is necessary for a healthy urinary system. Estrogen keeps the tissues elastic and strong. It also helps keep bacteria from reaching deeper tissues of the bladder by preventing the top layers of cells from shedding too much.
Infections of the lower urinary track involve the lining of the urethra, as well as irritation to the bladder. Without enough estrogen, the urethra and vagina can change, becoming thinner and losing their elasticity. Vaginal pH levels can also change and beneficial bacteria may decrease. These changes can make you more susceptible to UTIs.
There are other factors which may be more prevalent in menopausal women which can contribute to UTIs. These include delayed urination, urinary incontinence
, the bladder not emptying completely, dehydration, and pelvic organ prolapse
. These can affect urinary output and contribute to UTIs.
If you already have a history of UTIs, you could be a more risk for UTIs during menopause. You can also be more at risk if you have certain medical conditions such as diabetes or multiple sclerosis.
If you have concerns about urinary tract infections during menopause, don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor
There are different treatments available for preventing and treating UTIs during menopause, including the use of estrogen replacement. Depending on your situation, hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
could be right for you. You may also benefit from topical estrogen, including vaginal creams
, along with your HRT or even if HRT is not right for you.
This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.
06-27-2015 - 03:13 PM
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