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Most of us are familiar with menopause — the phase of life women typically enter during midlife, when the ovaries stop producing eggs and menstruation ends. But there's a whole phase before menopause that many people don't know about: perimenopause.
Sometimes called "menopause transition," perimenopause can begin 8 to 10 years before menopause. During this time, the ovaries slowly begin producing less estrogen and progesterone. This can result in an array of symptoms, like breast tenderness, aggravated PMS, irregular or missed periods, and periods that are heavier or lighter than usual.
In the final 1 to 2 years of perimenopause, hormone production declines more sharply, so women will typically begin experiencing more textbook menopausal symptoms, like hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, insomnia, mood swings, and more. Menopause officially begins when the ovaries stop producing eggs altogether and periods have been absent for a year.
Before, during, and after menopause, the decline in estrogen can impact urinary tract health in many ways. Low estrogen levels can lead to urogenital atrophy, which means that the muscles in the urinary tract and parts of the vagina are weakened. It also causes the walls of the vagina and urethra to thin, leaving you more susceptible to UTIs.
But structural changes aren't the only reason for urinary tract issues. The drop in estrogen also alters vaginal pH, making it less acidic. Acidity is key to vaginal health — it protects the body from bacteria that cause UTIs and other issues, like bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections.
Since estrogen declines more and more over the years, women are technically at highest risk for UTIs after menopause. However, it's common for women to begin experiencing urinary tract issues during perimenopause and then see a worsening of symptoms as menopause progresses.
Treating the drop of estrogen is the primary ways to relieve menopausal symptoms. Doctors will often recommend hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or localized therapy (vaginal estrogen creams) depending on the symptoms. But there are a number of ways you can reduce your risk of UTIs in particular.
Here are some of the top ways to prevent menopausal UTIs:
Though menopause is inevitable, urinary tract problems aren't. No one should have to struggle hopelessly with UTIs, incontinence, or other life-altering issues. If you're experiencing chronic symptoms, talk to your doctor about the best treatment options. And in the meantime, consider preventive options that can help you avoid antibiotics and get ahead of the symptoms.
Did you struggle with UTIs during or after menopause? Tell us about your experience below.
"I suffered from CHRONIC UTIs and have had some pretty
serious repercussions from taking mass amounts of antibiotics.
I have not had a UTI since I started taking uqora. I drink it after things that are my triggers (sex in particular) and it stops it in it’s tracks!"
Lacey, Uqora customer
This is for you if:
You want to stay fresh and maintain a healthy pH.
How does it work?
As you know, hygiene is a key part of UTI prevention. But not all wipes are created equal. Some can mess with your body’s natural chemistry and do more harm than good. Our wipes keep you clean, fresh, and balanced — without any nasty ingredients.
Use any time you want to freshen up. That might be after sex, exercise, long plane rides — you know your body better than anyone.
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Water, triethyl citrate, sodium benzoate, allantoin, lactic acid, carprylyl/capryl glucoside, glycerin, fragrance, sodium dehydroacetate, tetrasodium EDTA, citric acid, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, vaccinium macrocarpon fruit extract, calendula officinalis flower extract, sodium citrate, potassium sorbate.