URISTAT® provided information on menopause symptoms and urinary tract infections as part of their Never on Pause education effort to facilitate this sponsored conversation.
Like we don’t have enough to worry about while going through menopause, is it really necessary to worry about Urinary Tract Infections? The answer to that question is yes! I have had my share of Urinary Tract Infections and I really can do without them while going through menopause. Most women entering perimenopause or menopause understand some of the physical changes to expect in their bodies, like hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and missed periods. However, many are surprised to also experience Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) at this time in life. Who really needs them while we are going through all that, right?! Below are a few tips to help you avoid a UTI.
Hydrate with water
One of the best ways to prevent a UTI is to urinate frequently so that as much bacteria as possible can be flushed out of your system. The best way to urinate frequently? Drink plenty of liquids, especially water.
Front to back
Remember when your parents taught you to wipe from front to back after you go to the bathroom? Think of this as the golden rule of UTIs – that bacteria from the anal region does not belong around the vagina and urethra.
Avoid irritating products
Some feminine products, such as deodorant sprays, douches, and powders, can irritate the urethra and trigger a UTI. Also, certain types of birth control – like diaphragms and spermicidal agents – can increase the risk of infection.
Urinate after sex
This is another way to prevent bacteria from moving into the urethra. And if you don’t feel like you need to urinate, drink a glass of water.
Cotton will keep you dry
Bacteria that cause UTIs flourish in warm, moist environments. Underwear made from synthetic materials, such as nylon, polyester, or spandex, restricts airflow to the genitals. Cotton, on the other hand, is porous and keeps the genitals dry.
Go when you need to go
“Holding it” is never good. Not only is it uncomfortable, but it can also make it easier for bacteria to multiply in your urinary tract.
I have followed these simple tips for the past few years and I am so thankful that I have not had a Urinary Tract Infection. I mean, we are going through all these different hormonal changes during perimenopause or menopause, we don’t need the added discomfort of a UTI. Although awareness of the issue may be low, UTIs are actually very common among perimenopausal or menopausal women, with more than half (53%) of women over 55 experiencing recurring UTIs (at least three UTIs over 12 months).!!Women entering perimenopause or menopause are more susceptible to UTIs because a decrease in estrogen production leads to changes in the urinary tract that make it more vulnerable to infection.
While UTIs – at any stage in life – are inconvenient, uncomfortable and even annoying, they are nothing to worry about, as long as you seek treatment from your physician. And while waiting for treatment and the infection to clear, you can get fast, temporary relief from the pain and discomfort with URISTAT ® Pain Relief Tablets. UTIs must be treated with a prescription antibiotic, but you can seek relief as soon as you begin to experience symptoms and think you have a UTI with URISTAT® Pain Relief Tablets. URISTAT® Pain Relief Tablets deliver fast, temporary relief of pain, burning and urgency and frequency of urination while you wait until you can see your doctor!
If you have never had a UTI or just don’t know what signs you should look for her are several symptoms which could signify a UTI:
- Pain and/or burning sensation when you urinate
- Feeling like you have to urinate often, even right after emptying your bladder
- Passing small amounts of urine
- Cloudy or bloody (pinkb or brownbcolored) urine
- Strong-smelling urine
- Pelvic pain and/or pressure and cramping in lower abdomen or back
- Fever or chills
If you have to wait to see the doctor and need that temporary relief from the pain and discomfort, then you need to try from the makers of MONISTAT®, over the counter URISTAT ® Pain Relief Tablets contain phenazopyridine HCl, the #1 doctor recommended ingredient used to treat UTI pain or discomfort.
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