Suffering from recurrent urinary tract infection is not uncommon in women, especially after a certain age. You pop up some pills and are good to go for a few weeks with the same symptoms to appear? Let’s go into what causes recurrent UTIs.
Note that UTIs are not partial to women, men get them too, but for them, it means something is blocking their urination.
What causes recurrent UTI? Am I at risk of developing it?
Bacterias such as E. coli and other cause UTI and women due to their anatomy are more at risk of catching these infections that affect the kidney, bladder and uterus.
- A woman’s urethra is close to the vagina so bacteria from the vagina and anus have easy access to the urinary tract.
- If you are post-menopausal you are at a higher risk of developing recurrent UTI as the changes in the pH level in the vagina make it more prone to infection.
- Enlarged prostate in men and bladder prolapse in women is one of the reasons older adults are unable to empty their bladder. Urine that stays for long in a bladder becomes a breeding ground for bacteria.
I take medicines but these UTI infections keep returning?
There are a lot of antibiotics that treat UTI and sometimes people leave the medication mid-way as they start to feel better and then the infection occurs, again. Sometimes, even if you take regular medicines the infection recurs. It can be because you are a sexually active woman or you are post-menopausal.
How can I prevent recurrent UTIs?
There are a lot of natural ways to deal with recurrent UTIs.
- Drink plenty of fluids- This encourages frequent urination that in turn flushes out toxins.
- Wipe front to back- Reduces the chance of moving the E. coli bacteria after a bowel movement.
- Urinate immediately- Before and after sex.
- Feminine deodorants- Don’t use them on your genitals.
- Wear- cotton underwear.
- Sip on- Cranberry juice contains a tannin that might prevent E. coli bacteria from sticking to your bladder wall.
- Bath- Take showers instead of baths.
- Spermicides- Change your birth control as these cause irritation.
- Tight clothing- Avoid tight-fitted underwear or pants as they hold moisture.
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