What to Know About Postmenopausal Urinary Tract Infection Treatment
A chronic urinary tract infection (UTI) is quite common in women of all ages, especially postmenopausal women. Women are more prone to UTIs than men because of the location of the urethra in relation to the rectum, as well as a shorter urethra. Both of these items combined make it easier for harmful bacteria to reach the bladder and cause an infection. Menopause is often a contributing factor to a UTI since menopause causes hormone changes that lead to the pH level of the vaginal walls to become more alkaline. Women in the Dallas, Plano and Frisco, Texas area experiencing a chronic UTI after menopause are encouraged to contact Mona Lisa Partners to discuss the numerous benefits of MonaLisa Touch™, a vaginal rejuvenation laser system and postmenopausal urinary tract infection treatment.
What is a Chronic Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)?
A chronic urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection of the urinary tract that keeps recurring or does not respond to treatment. A UTI can affect any part of a woman’s urinary system, including the bladder and kidneys. A bladder infection can often be easily treated, but if the infection spreads to the kidneys, a woman may experience more serious health complications.
A UTI is quite common in women after menopause as the lining of the urethra becomes more sensitive from hormone changes, as well as the urethral muscle losing its strength during the natural aging process of the body. This often causes urinary incontinence, a weak bladder and small pockets where bacteria can flourish. pH levels in the urinary tract also change in postmenopausal women, causing an increased risk of a urinary tract infection.
Women experiencing a UTI after menopause often report painful, frequent urination, bladder pain, kidney pain and bloody or dark urine. These symptoms are commonly treated by antibiotics and simple lifestyle changes. If a urinary tract infection becomes chronic, many women begin the search for a long-term, safe and effective urinary tract infection treatment, such as MonaLisa Touch.
MonaLisa Touch™ as a UTI after Menopause Treatment
As estrogen decreases during and after menopause, the vagina becomes more alkaline and causes an increased pH level that places the body at an increased risk of a urinary tract infection. The MonaLisa Touch laser system can be of great benefit in postmenopausal women who experience chronic UTIs since the procedure is designed to stimulate collagen and elastin within the vagina walls. With increased health of the vaginal tissue, healthy bacteria are able to flourish and cause the vagina to become more acidic.
MonaLisa Touch as a postmenopausal urinary tract infection treatment is virtually painless and takes a short amount of time to perform during an office visit. Some patients may experience minimal discomfort the first time the probe is inserted into the vaginal canal, but the treatment itself is not painful. Patients will receive 3 separate treatments, each treatment spaced six weeks apart.
For additional information on a urinary tract infection, or to determine if MonaLisa Touch™ is a postmenopausal urinary tract infection treatment option for you, please contact the Dallas, Plano and Frisco, Texas office of Mona Lisa Partners.