Catch 22 question, laxatives and uti's or constipation and uti's?

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I have been suffering with UTI's on and off for the past 3 years and ever since I had a hysterectomy, I have also suffered constipation on and off since then as well, I have been taking senna (1 tablet) each evening and it does help but and here is the catch 22, the fact that I take laxatives obviously creates more faecal matter to wipe (I do wipe front to back)  so possibly making it more likely for stray bits to go elsewhere, but if I remained a bit constipated that in turn can contribute to the bladder not emptying properly thereby creating a stale build up of urine that also contributes to uti's recurring. I am also vegetarian so eat plenty of veg, any suggestions would be appreciated, I seem to be going round in circles.

Constipationand uti's or laxatives and uti's?

PS. I also know that uti's can be common after menopause and also after hysterectomy because of lack of eostrogen, I'm 65 now and sooooooo glad to be a woman lol

I hope you can make sense of this

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    I'd start with taking a good probiotic.  I started them while on antibiotics and continue to take them after UTI resolved.  It make a big difference in my digestive health.

    I also use Estrace cream and I know that it has been my salvation for stopping the UTI's.  I understand the risk with it, so it's a choice only you can make.

    I am home all day, so I can do a proper cleansing with soap after a bowel movement, so that helps too.

    Do you drink a lot of water?  That helps with the constipation.  

    I know from my research that retention can cause a UTI, but I've never understood why.  If urine is 

    bacteria free, as it should be, then why does retaining it cause a UTI?  Anyone know?

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      I can't use Estrogen creams as I had uterine cancer which was largely caused (or at least helped) by estrogen. I have to admit that not drinking enough (of anything) is a failing of mine and I have to force myself to drink, last Summer my GP asked me how much fluid I took in during the day and on the day prior to my appointment I had drunk 1 tea cupful of a barley coffee substitute drink (I don't drink anything with caffeine) and 1 glass of water all day, I just don't get thirsty much, I have tried since then to be good but it doesn't always happen, I know that drinking plenty of water is good for heart health too, I take 2 probiotic capsules daily, one of which is specifically for women's urinary tract problems, I also eat a good plain live yogurt each day, along with the usuals, D-Mannose,cranberry tabs etc, I think these do help to some degree as my uti's are not quite as bad as they were to begin with, I must make a concerted effort to drink more water though.

      in answer to your query about urine, a womans bladder is similar a toilet, when you flush the toilet an amount of water stays in the bowl but it gets flushed clean each time it is used keeping it fresh, similarly if we flush our bladders with plenty of fluids and pee regularly keeping urine clear then there isn't a problem but, if like silly me you don't drink enough then the urine left in the bladder is more concentrated thereby making it less healthy, hope that makes sense?

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      Taking Estrace too, my urologist/ob says the risks are extremely low, even though there are so many reports, and that the reports are from

      Usage of 5+ years.  I don’t take a lot, but maybe once or twice a week, the size of my pinky nail.  Plus I’ll use an organic lubricant.  Totally helps ♥️

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      I'm surprised that small amount and infrequency is enough to help you replenish the tissues.  I use more than that and I'm doing 3x/week.  I use the fingertip method; not the plunger.   Everything causes cancer.  Everything is a risk.  

      If you have links to studies that have been done on the cream and cancer, would you private message them to me.  

      I would also be interested in the name of your organic lubricant/


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