Ouch! You need help, and your gynecologist should be your first stop. Here's why.
Chronic Bladder Infections?
At menopause women begin losing estrogen
Menopause, natural or by hysterectomy, is the most common cause of estrogen loss. It is not, however, the only one. You can also lose estrogen because of chemotherapy, pelvic radiation, estrogen-suppressing drugs, or the jolting change caused by the surgical removal of ovaries (often done during a hysterectomy).
Bladder affected by vaginal problems
Eventually, loss of estrogen can lead to a thinning, drying and inflammation of the walls of the vagina, or vaginal atrophy. The bladder can also be affected, resulting in a series of urinary tract infections that can become chronic. Symptoms may include urinary burning, urgency, and incontinence.
Until recently, taking antibiotics prophylactically (to ward off infection) has been the gold standard for these problems. However, as general antibiotic resistance has been increasing, this treatment has become less effective.
Now there is growing support for the use of estrogen (vaginally and orally) to treat postmenopausal women with recurrent urinary tract infections.
See your gynecologist
You'll find she's heard about this problem before and will have solutions in mind. Most vaginal and bladder problems caused by loss of estrogen can be successfully treated. But, it’s important to act quickly. The longer these problems last, the more difficult they may become to treat.