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Are UTIs related to menopause?

Rosie asks:

Over the holidays, my mother told me she has been on antibiotics 5 times for UTIs in the last year. Is it related to menopause? Is there anything I can do for her?

My reply:

So let's begin there. UTIs (urinary tract infections) are not caused by menopause (because menopause is merely a date marking the end of our reproduction) but UTIs can be the result of declining estrogen


Once we reach menopause (12 months period-free), estrogen goes for a steep decline. Declining estrogen leads to vulva & vaginal dryness, but it also impacts the health of our urethra--making it shorter and smaller--and more susceptible to bacteria and UTIs are the most common!


I sense your frustration with antibiotics; they treat the infection but not the root cause.


Good news though. Urogynecologist, Dr. Colleen McDermott, explains below how localized estrogen therapy + promising results from proanthocyanidins (PACs), a compound found in cranberries are helping women, like you and your mom, say goodbye to UTIs.


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