Risk factors for Bladder Infections If You Are In Menopause

Bladder infections are very common. women do not have sterile urine and subtle changes in urinary tract health will increase one's chance of an overt infection, or even progression to chronic infections. Gynos have focused on the problems of sex, spermicide
use, recent infections, incomplete bladder emptying, vaginal atrophy, poor hygiene around the rectum and near the vagina, pelvic floor problems, diabetes as some of the inciting causes bladder infections. We test for infections based on mid stream urine collection. Now add menopause to the list of problems that cause poor bladder health. One common complaint can be bladder infections, which increase in women after menopause. In a new study reported from Washington University in St. Louis, and appearing on Infection and immunity an on line publication, mice who are low in estrogen have increased risk of bladder infections. The mice, after estrogen treatment, had fewer infections. This has to do with levels of inflammation within the bladder itself, and the ability of estrogen to enhance the natural repair and healing processes. Keeping your bladder healthy will likely take more than just hormone treatments, but it's important to ask your gyno if this treatment could work for you.

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