Frequent UTI's in perimenopause...

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I've been in perimenopause since last year. I've experienced many different symptoms on and off as well. Right now I have a raging UTI. This is one of many since peri started and it's extremely frustrating. It's painful/uncomfortable and embarrassing having to keep running to the restroom at work and at home. Has anyone been struggling with UTI's, if so please let me know what has helped.

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    Some women develop uti's in peri and in menopause because of hormone fluctuations.  The fluctuating hormones cause the texture of the tissues in the vagina and urinary tract to change and lose their resilience.  That means that the various bacterial colonies in the systems change, too.  The ratio of "good" to "bad" bacteria is altered.  Bacteria such as e-coli become more prevalent and cause uti's.  

    One thing you can do is to start taking a women's probiotic daily to make sure that you have a good bacterial balance. Make sure you drink at least 64 ounces of water a day.  Sometimes, women take cranberry capsules when they develop a uti.  Other women take D-Mannose, a type of sugar, which seems to help with e-coli infections.  

    Also, make sure that when you're diagnosed with a uti that your doctor informs you what bacteria is causing it. (Sometimes, doctors prescribe antibiotics without taking a culture of the bacteria.) You can also research yourself what antibiotics are recommended for treatment of a specific bacteria. If you find yourself with reoccurring uti's from the same bacteria, it's time to talk with your doctor about whether the prescribed medicine is working as it should be. Remember that the antibiotic will reduce the amount of bacteria causing the infection, it won't eliminate it.  If you take probiotics, it will help the balance normalize.   

    Finally, I'm sure that you're probably "wiping correctly," etc.

    Hope this helps. 

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    Changes in ho Romney leading to vaginal dryness can cause overgrowth of bad bacteria in the vagina. These bacteria can easily transfer to the urinary track and cause UTIs. Take a good oral probiotic. There are also vaginal probiotic creams that can be compounded. Use natural creams such as FabuVag to treat your vaginal dryness
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    Oestrogen cream puts a stop to that. I had vaginal dryness, painful sex and uti's but the ovestin has put a stop to all that - nice plump moist vagina and no uti's.

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    A year ago, when all this nonsense started to kick in, I had a UTI, started taking macrobid and on the third day had a massive reaction to it. Shaking, anxiety, palpitations, that sort of thing. I was alone that night so slept with my clothes on and unlocked my front door in case I had to call 911. Of course now I realize that it was peri causing all that and any med, including Tylenol made me ill.  It's really amazing the havoc it can do to a woman's mind, body sand spirit. Ugh

    I try and drink a ton of water. Fiji water because it's got higher alkaline. As soon as I don't drink enough I can feel a uti coming on. I got one a few months ago and took macro and did fine. Things are starting to calm down. 

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