It is not uncommon for women to suffer from frequent urinary tract infection(UTI ) during their recovery from hysterectomy surgery.
Low estrogen levels are one of the reasons that women become more vulnerable to bladder infections.
What’s more, because they have a shorter urethra, women are four times more likely to get urinary tract infections than men.
If you have more than one UTI a year, you suffer from what doctors call recurring or recurrent UTI. For women plagued by many bladder infections, there are several things they can do to prevent them.
Proven as the most effective way, is by taking a prophylactic low dose of antibiotics. Although this is surely true there are a few downsides to this therapy. Not only taking antibiotics for a long period puts women at risk of side effects like yeast infections, diarrhea, and kidney disease, but also, when they stop they will be just as susceptible to frequent urinary tract infections as before their therapy.
Long-term use of antibiotics may also make bacteria less responsive to the antibiotics. As antibiotic resistance is a major health concern worldwide, researchers seek alternative methods to prevent and treat frequent urinary tract infections.
Promising methods for women with a frequent urinary tract infection (UTI)
Vaginal estrogen cream
Findings of a new study from the Swedish Karolinska Institutet show that topical treatment with estrogen helps to restore the inner lining of the bladder so women are better able to fight off new bacterial infections.
The inner lining of the bladder is covered with protective epithelial cells. Low estrogen levels after hysterectomy may cause the epithelium of the bladder to become fragile and less resistant, this way giving invading bacteria a chance to reach underlying tissues and cause infections.
Probiotics are a new and promising alternative to standard treatments with antibiotics. Using Lactobacillus probiotics to fight off pathogenic bacteria is a new strategy doctors are looking into.
Especially as quite a few bacteria have become resistant to certain types of antibiotics. A clinical study shows that treatment with probiotic intravaginal suppository ( LACTIN-V ) may reduce urinary tract infections in women with a history of recurrent UTI.
By drinking cranberry juice or taking concentrated cranberry tablets a woman reduces the risk of a frequent urinary tract infection. Recently scientists discovered that certain chemicals in cranberries prevent bacteria like E. coli, that causes 90% of all UTIs, from spreading in three ways.
Firstly, they make it difficult for the bacteria to attach themselves to the surface of the urinary tract. Secondly, these chemicals hinder the movements of the bacteria, making spreading of the infection more difficult. Thirdly, they slow down the production of the enzyme urease. This enzyme adds to the aggression of the infection.
The results of a Norwegian study show us that acupuncture may for some women be an effective way to prevent frequent urinary tract infection. They found that women after a six-month treatment with acupuncture had a 50% reduction in residual urine. Residual urine refers to small amounts of urine remaining in the bladder after going to the bathroom.
This is often a problem for women after a radical hysterectomy and one of the reasons some women get frequent urinary tract infections.The research also shows that there was no change in the residual urine levels of the women in the group without acupuncture treatment. Furthermore, 73% of the treated women became free of infections during the follow-up period of 6 months.
Take the quiz
Showing symptoms of a urinary tract infection but you’re not sure then take this Urinary Tract Infections Quiz
If you are also worried about the growing phenomenon of antibiotic resistance, then discuss this with your doctor. Ask him about the alternatives we mentioned in this post to treat your urinary issues after hysterectomy.
Maybe you have heard about another treatment for a frequent urinary tract infection in women or there is a remedy that worked well for you, then please share it in the comments below.