A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that occurs in any part of the urinary system, which includes the kidneys, bladder and urethra. UTIs are most commonly caused by bacteria, such as Escherichia coli (E. coli), that enter the urinary tract and multiply. UTIs are, unfortunately, a common symptom of the menopause.
SYMPTOMS OF A UTI
Symptoms of a UTI may include a strong, persistent urge to urinate, a burning sensation when urinating, passing frequent, small amounts of urine, cloudy, dark, bloody, or strong-smelling urine, and feeling tired or shaky. In severe cases, a fever, nausea, or vomiting may occur.
UTIs and the menopause
The hormonal changes that occur during the menopause can affect the urinary tract and increase the risk of infection. The decrease in estrogen levels can cause the lining of the urinary tract to thin and become less resistant to infection.
As someone who has struggled with UTIs for most of their adult life, here are my top tips of how to avoid them. (It’s not fool proof but they’re all worth trying).
- Drink enough water
- Urinate frequently
- Urinate before and after sex
- Wipe from front to back after using the toilet
- Avoid using harsh soaps or bubble baths
- Avoid diuretics such as caffeine or alcohol
Supplements to consider
- Zinc and Sea Buckthorn are reported to improve vaginal dryness.
- D-Mannose is a popular supplement which makes it harder for bacteria to stick to the bladder wall.
- Probiotics can help improve the vaginal microbiome.
Local hormone replacement therapy (HRT) vaginal estrogen therapy can also help to reduce the risk of UTIs during menopause. Over the counter pessaries are also now available.
I hope my suggestions help and you manage to stay infection free.
Thank you for stopping by.
Stay well and keep hydrayed.
If you suspect you have a UTI contact your doctor, they may want to test your urine test and if the infection is confirmed, they may prescribe antibiotics. Always seek medical advice before taking a new supplement.