This is part 1 of a 2 part series about UTIs and Menopause on behalf of Uristat® and the “Never on Pause” Education Campaign. Although I received free product and promotional consideration, all opinions are my own.
If you have ever had a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) then you know that they are no fun. Not only are they annoying and uncomfortable, they can also be quite painful. While UTIs are quite common, affecting more than 7 million individuals a year, if you are a female, then unfortunately, you are more susceptible than a man. In fact, statistically speaking, one in three women will experience their first UTI by age 25, and 50% of us will experience a UTI at some point in our lifetime! Meanwhile, only about 12% of men will experience a UTI. Not very fair, is it?!
What Triggers a Urinary Tract Infection
UTIs in women can be triggered by many different things including not wiping properly, sexual activity, certain birth control methods, pregnancy and complications in the urinary tract. That’s just to name a few. But did you know that the changes in our body due to perimenopause and menopause can also lead to UTIs as well?
Yep, you read that right! 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). That is 3 more than I care to experience!
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Urinary Tract Infections and Menopause
Most women entering perimenopause or menopause are already aware of the physical changes to expect in their bodies. Hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and missed periods are among the most obvious and common. However, many are surprised to also experience Urinary Tract Infections. Why are we more susceptible at this time in our lives? It’s because a decrease in our estrogen production leads to changes in the urinary tract that make it more vulnerable to infection. Basically, the lack of estrogen along with a drop in “good bacteria” levels allows “bad bacteria” to grow more easily resulting in a UTI.
Symptoms of a Urinary Tract Infection
By this time in a woman’s life, many have already experienced a UTI. The symptoms are the same as they were in the pre-menopausal years including:
- Pain and/or burning when urinating
- Feeling like you have to urinate often
- Passing small amounts of urine
- Cloudy or bloody urine that has a strong smell
- Pelvic pain or pressure and cramping in the lower back or abdomen
- Fever or chills
Getting Relief from a Urinary Tract Infection with Uristat®
Urinary Tract Infections can only be cured by antibiotics prescribed by a physician, therefore it is important that you make an appointment at the earliest signs of a UTI. However, relief is possible while you are waiting for your appointment. URISTAT® Pain Relief Tablets deliver fast, temporary relief of pain, burning and urgency and frequency of urination associated with UTI’s. Made by the same people who make Monistat®, the URISTAT® Pain Relief Tablets contain phenazopyridine HCl which is the number one doctor recommended ingredient used to treat UTI pain and discomfort.
Uristat® Pain Relief Tablets are over-the-counter, and can be taken as soon as you start to experience the symptoms of an UTI. While Uristat® is not for urinary tract infections, you can take it while you are waiting for your appointment to see your physician and while you are taking a prescribed antibiotic.Each Uristat® Relief PAK™ comes with 36 tablets along with a UTI test strip which can help confirm a UTI before you meet with your doctor. The Uristat®UTI Test Strips test for white blood cells (Leukocytes) and Nitrite in urine, both of which can indicate the presence of a UTI.
More Information on Urinary Tract Infections and a Uristat Coupon
Uristat® products are easy to find in drugstores and online retailers across the country including Walmart, Walgreens, Kmart, Rite Aid, Kinney Drugs and drugstore.com. Visit uristat.com for more information about UTI’s and URISTAT products.
Stick around, in a few days I will be sharing more about UTIs including some common myths and preventative measures women can take! In the meantime..
How do you deal with the discomfort of a Urinary Tract Infection? Share your tips with other readers in the comments!