Menopause and Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Menopause and UTI's

Why do I keep getting frequent UTIs?

Some women are more susceptible to Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) than others and as menopause approaches they may find that they are becoming even more frequent.  This can happen because as oestrogen levels begin to fall during menopause, the vaginal tissue thins which can make it more susceptible to infection.

Even women who have never even experienced a UTI before might also begin to get them.  As well as discomfort this can also be upsetting, cause embarrassment and even  painful intercourse.

Symptoms vary from person to person but generally it’s best to take action at the first signs of any infection.  Signs that you may be coming down with a UTI are:-

  • A burning feeling when you go for a wee
  • A frequent or persistent urge to go to the toilet but only passing a small amount of urine
  • A strong smelling odor, dark, cloudy or even bloody

It is important to catch an infection early to avoid it moving to your kidneys which will lead to a fever, you will feel shaky and may also feel pain in your back or lower abdomen.  Drink lots of water which will help to flush out any bacteria.  Some of the ladies I work with find that D-Mannose also helps together with a good probiotic.

There are some homeopathic remedies that can help in the early stages and I’ve listed the top 3 below. 

  1. Apis
    Take this remedy if there is a lot of burning and stinging pains during urination.  You might feel really restless and fidgety.  It’s worse from heat and feeling hot.  You might not feel thirsty but you should try to drink as much water as possible.
  2. Cantharis
    This is the number one remedy for cystitis.  You will feel a frequent urge to urinate.  You will feel stinging, burning and cutting pains before, during and after urination.  You will feel better for warmth.  Bladder will feel heavy and sore even from the slightest motion.  Urine will be dark.
  3. Staphisagria
    Pains will feel worse after intercourse. Burning pains felt in the urethra and you will feel better after passing urine but pains will return.  You will feel like you want to continually empty the bladder and won’t feel thirsty.  It is essential to drink as much water as possible.

If you are worried about recurrent UTIs and you would like help in reducing further attacks  please book an appointment.

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