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Completing menopause can trigger regular urinary tract infections (UTIs), which are an infection in any part of the urinary system (including the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra). Most of these infections involve the lower urinary tract, which is made up of the bladder and the urethra. These infections can be painful if it only affects the bladder. However, a UTI that spread to the kidneys can have serious consequences.
However, a new study suggests that a specific type of hormone replacement may be useful in fighting UTIs. The study out of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that taking vaginal estrogen can serve as a preventive measure in stopping urinary tract infections among postmenopausal women.
In this study, researchers used animal models to identify ways that estrogen could stop recurring tract infections. Additionally, they used cells taken from postmenopausal women who had taken supplementary vaginal estrogen over a two-week period. Th...
A urinary tract infection (also called "UTI") is an infection caused by bacteria in your urinary tract. Your urinary tract includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra.
A UTI can develop during sexual intercourse because the urethra (the tube that urine flows through from the bladder to leave the body) is very close to the vagina. The pressure from intercourse can push bacteria up the urethra and into the bladder.
Breast cancer treatments don't directly cause urinary tract infections. But chemotherapy can dry out the vaginal tissues and reduce your body's ability to fight infection, both of which make it easier for you to get a UTI.
Managing urinary tract infections
If you think you have a urinary tract infection, talk to your doctor. An antibiotic can take care of it.
To help your body resist urinary tract infections:
Try to drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day.
Use extra lubrication during intercourse if your vaginal tissues are dry or thin.
Drink a lot of water and go to ...
Definition Hypokalemic periodic paralysis is an inherited disorder that causes occasional episodes of muscle weakness. It is one of a group of genetic disorders that includes hyperkalemic periodic paralysis and thyrotoxic periodic paralysis . Alternative Names Periodic paralysis - hypokalemic Causes, incidence, and risk factors Hypokalemic periodic paralysis is a condition in which a person has episodes of muscle weakness and sometimes severe paralysis. The condition is congenital, which means it is present from birth. In most cases, it is passed down through families (inherited) as an autosomal dominant disorder. That means only one parent needs to pass the gene related to this condition on to you in order for you to be affected. Occasionally, the condition may be the result of a genetic problem that is not inherited. Unlike other forms of periodic paralysis, persons with congenital hypokalemic periodic paralysis have normal thyroid function and very low blood levels of potassium during episod...
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