If you are experiencing the symptoms of menopause, the body is undergoing through many physical changes and urinary tract infections after menopause can happen to anyone. The risk of UTIs are much higher due to the drop in estrogen levels, the hormone estrogen allows for good bacteria to grow and helps maintain an acidic environment, which keeps the bad bacteria out. Incontinence and bladder prolapse are also other factors that cause UTIs in post-menopausal women.
Some of the common tips for preventing UTIs include:
- Drinking plenty of fluids
- Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles
- Vaginal estrogen creams.
- Emptying your bladder periodically
- Avoiding sitting in baths and using douches.
Natural UTI prevention
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There does exist a natural alternative: the cranberry. There's a special bioactive compound found inside the cranberry that's been clinically proven to be effective in preventing recurring UTIs. They're called proanthocyanidins.
However, the fruit itself, cranberry juice and even some supplements don't have the required amount in order to be effective.Find out more about PACs
"Natural remedies can help with reducing UTIs. Although cranberries have been reviewed, it is important to check for 36mg of Proanthocyandins (PACs) within the supplement. These are the active molecules from within cranberries that help to keep bacteria from adhering to your urinary tract and bladder wall. Given the impact that recurrent UTIs can have on a one's life, patients should choose products that are supported by scientific evidence."
Colleen McDermott MSc, MD, FRCSC
Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, Mount Sinai Hospital
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto