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Hi guys,
I wonder if anyone else has experience of bad bacterial uti's in peri-menopause?
I have had bacterial uti's for 25 years, but since I started peri-menopause they have become much worse with an infection every few weeks. I have become either allergic to or not sensitive to all antibiotics except for fosfomycin which is a bit of a nightmare!!
I am now considering going on HRT to see if this helps, but of course this also has it's drawbacks. Does anyone have any experience of going on HRT as my doctor has prescribed the following[frown]Evorel patches, Progesterone micronised & Vagifem pessaries).

Many thanks for any help or advice.

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Hello caropear

I do hope someone else will reply to assist you.

In the meantime have a read through this, there is a good section re peri menopause, hope it may help.

http://www.chronicutiinfo.com/general-topics/hormones-hrt/

also if you know the type of bacteria i.e E coli, then maybe long term D Mannose will help.
Do keep up the pesaries( I use estriol Cream ) as you need to keep dryness at bay.( I am way past menopause but still fighting the battles Grr!!)

also maybe try a barrier,(i.e. vaseline between openings.) and using just plain water to wash area.Basic I know, but worth a mention.

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Many thanks Kate, I do use D-Mannose but perhaps not regularly enough...I'll give it a go.
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Hi, I had the same problem and using vagifem definitely stopped uti s for a few years. Unfortunately I,m just dealing with another uti with long term abs but am now 7 years post menopausal. I have read that systemic hrt has very little impact on the reduction of uti s but vaginal treatments have well researched positive effects . Women,s probiotics are also helpful I think and some probiotic pessaries.
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Hi I have had exactly the same problem.  Always been prone to uti's all my life but when I hit the menopause it just became relentless.  I would take a course of antibiotics and within 2 weeks it was back again.

I tried D Mannose which seemed to help a bit but something that has helped a huge amount has been to give up drinking my usual 3 mugs of builders tea every morning. I now drink peppermint tea instead.  Also I was drinking lots of Perrier water and then read that carbonated water turns to acid in your stomach which irritates the bladder.

So basically I have tried to eliminate certain things that are irritating to bladder like black tea (Tetleys etc), fizzy water, things like stock cubes, etc.  Working on giving up wine but thats the hard one!

It has certainly  helped a lot.  Worth a try.

Good luck!
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Hello all
Here are some more pointers from previous posts, that may be of help.

"Low dose antibiotics will not clear an infection.  They may rid you of the main symptoms but not entirely shift the infection itself, come off and it flares up again.  
Sadly GPs these days take a hit and hope approach and its usually Trimethoprim or Nitrofurantoin for 3 -5 days.  Ask your GP to print out all the results from the laboratory to show exactly what bugs you have and whether the lab has confirmed the antibiotic susceptabilities and resistances.
If you are a Member BHUK ring(Numer top of this page) the BHUK office  and ask for two packs.  One is the Bacterial Cystitis pack, the other the Embedded or Biofilm infection pack.  They will make for very interesting reading and if the urologist is unable to offer any answers then there are two specialists in these packs that can hopefully help you further.  An excellent book to read is that written by Angela Kilmartin called Understanding Cystitis, a guide.  Lots of lifestyle tips in there, her famous bottle washing technique and management for repeated attacks of cystitis."
 
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http://cobf.websitetoolbox.com/post/life-is-good-again-after-having-ic-9324528?trail=15#2
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http://cobf.websitetoolbox.com/post/recovering-from-ic-bps-9719800?trail=15#1

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Thank you so much for your help guys, I have given up all the good things in life now to try to get some control over this (alcohol, sex, spicy food etc...) All the advice and links are very useful and I'm currently on the waiting list to see a specialist in London which fingers crossed will be soon.
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