All women go through it. We’ve been warned of the common signs. But there’s one symptom that doesn’t get that much attention and could cause some serious problems if left untreated.
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I did it!! One year without a period and I am officially a menopausal woman. The process wasn’t so bad. My symptoms were normal and expected. A hot flash here and there; a couple of night sweats and it’s done.
We are all aware of the physical changes to expect during perimenopause or menopause: hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and missed periods. But there is another change that is just as common yet not often considered as a menopause symptom: urinary tract infections (UTI). Women entering perimenopause or menopause are more susceptible to UTI’s because a decrease in estrogen production leads to changes in the urinary tract that make it more vulnerable to infection.
By this stage in life, most women have experienced the pain and suffering of a urinary tract infection and are familiar with the signs. During menopause, those signs are still the same:
- Pain and/or burning when urinating
- Feeling like you have to urinate often
- Passing small amounts of urine
- Cloudy or bloody urine that has a strong smell
- Pelvic pain or pressure and cramping in the lower back or abdomen
- Fever or chills
Urinary tract infections can only be cured by antibiotics prescribed by a physician, so it’s important to see a doctor right away as soon as symptoms are detected. But it isn’t always convenient to immediately get in to the doctor’s office and/or appointments may not be readily available. Women used to have to suffer through until they could be seen. But not anymore; now there is an over-the-counter urinary pain medicine that provides fast, temporary relief of pain, burning, urgency, and frequency of urination caused by a UTI.
URISTAT® Pain Relief Tablets contain phenazopyridine HCI which is the #1 doctor recommended over the counter ingredient for fast, temporary relief of UTI pain. URISTAT® Pain Relief Tablets are made from the same company that makes MONISTAT®. The tablets can be taken as soon as UTI symptoms are experienced and while you are taking a prescribed antibiotic. There are 36 tablets in each URISTAT® Relief PAK™ along with a UTI test strip which can help confirm a UTI before you meet with your doctor. URISTAT®UTI Test Strips test for white blood cells (Leukocytes) and Nitrite in urine, which can indicate the presence of a UTI. URISTAT® products are available in drugstores and online retailers across the country including Walmart, Walgreens, Kmart, Rite Aid, Kinney Drugs, and drugstore.com.
Most menopausal symptoms are unavoidable; they are rites of passage that have to be experienced. And while urinary tract infections are not 100% preventable during this stage in life, there are several ways to reduce the risk of developing one including hydrating with water, wiping from front to back, avoiding irritating products, urinating after sex, wearing cotton underwear, and not “holding it” when you have to use the bathroom.
Knowing the signs of perimenopause and menopause and preparing for how to deal with them when they occur is a smart way to address the inevitable. And using URISTAT® Pain Relief Tablets is a great way to handle one those symptoms.