At least 50-60% of women experience a urinary tract infection (UTI) in their lifetime. As many as a third of these women experience a recurrence within six months.
Here at Women’s Care of Beverly Hills in South Bay, Redondo Beach, and Beverly Hills, California, our expert OB/GYN team knows how uncomfortable recurrent UTIs can be and wants to help stop your infections.
Here are some reasons why you may have UTIs frequently and what we can help you do about it.
The way a woman’s anatomy is designed plays a significant role in the recurrence of UTIs. In women, the urethra is close to the anus, making it easier for bacteria, particularly Escherichia coli (E. coli), to enter the urinary tract.
If you’ve heard that you should always wipe front to back after using the bathroom, this is why. When you wipe from back to front, you are more likely to transfer bacteria to the urinary tract.
Hormonal fluctuations, particularly during menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause, can affect the balance of bacteria in your urinary tract. Changes in your estrogen levels can alter the makeup of your vaginal flora, making you more prone to UTIs.
You may benefit from hormone replacement therapy or estrogen therapy to put your hormones back in balance.
Inadequate emptying of the bladder can create an environment that encourages bacterial growth. If you have an issue like incontinence, urinary retention, or incomplete voiding, bacteria may persist in the urinary tract.
We can help detect and resolve problems affecting your ability to fully empty the bladder, which may prevent recurrent UTIs.
When you have intercourse, bacteria may be introduced into the urethra, increasing your risk of infection. Urinating after sex is a simple way to naturally eliminate this bacteria and avoid infections.
Medical conditions, like diabetes or immune system disorders, can compromise your ability to fight off infections. We can do a complete workup to help detect any of these problems and refer you to a trusted specialist to help resolve any underlying medical condition.
Using harsh soaps or feminine hygiene products may disrupt the natural balance of bacteria in the genital area, contributing to recurrent infections. Douching and other vaginal cleansing aren’t necessary as your body naturally flushes out and cleanses itself.
Some women are just more vulnerable to frequent UTIs. If this is you, we may recommend a low dosage of a commonly prescribed antibiotic. You take a daily low dose for six months or longer. Some women only need to take the antibiotic after engaging in sexual activity or when they notice the early onset of UTI symptoms.
If you’re facing recurrent UTIs, contact Women’s Care of Beverly Hills for answers and solutions. Our dedicated team is committed to providing personalized care and addressing the unique factors contributing to recurrent UTIs. Call or use the online tool to book an appointment.