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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Bladder Infections And Oral Contraceptive Pills

In ancient times they didn’t have antibiotics. Women rarely got infections and yet should these women of ancient times actually contract an infection that became systemic it was fatal. Actually mostly in the eras before antibiotics urinary tract infections (UTI) didn't become systemic, but were able to resolve on their own. So what are possible new causes of bladder infections? Too many antibiotics is a possible explanation, we seem to be getting more immune to infection than those women. Sex has always been one of the common causes of UTI, if your symptoms of the infection are more than 48 hours after sex, it probably wasn't the sex. It might be the partner you have picked, new sex is even more likely to be a cause of infection than having sex with that same guy (or gal). Spermicidal use is another modern cause of chronic urinary tract infections. And then here's an odd modern medicine cause of chronic infections: living long. More women living past the age of menopause, and getting bladder infections because they have low estrogen. If none of these are causing your chronic infections then other causes can be explored: holding your urine too long, dietary causes, pelvic anatomy causes. And the newest studies by British gynos shows that the use of oral contraceptives increased UTIs, and the stronger the pill, and the number of months the pill was used correlates with the numbers of infections. In the first 6 months, infections didn't change, but by 3 years of pill use, UTIs were 3 times more common.  If you have bladder infections too frequently, see your gyno, it's probably time to gab about it.

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