A short urethra, coupled with the drop in estrogen after
menopause, increases older women’s susceptibility to urinary
tract infections (UTIs). The lack of estrogen can also lead to
vaginal atrophy, which can increase the risk of recurrent urinary
infections. Antibiotics are the mainstay of treatment for UTIs,
and some women who get several UTIs a year may need to take them
long-term. To prevent repeat infections, women should make sure
to fully empty their bladder each time they use the bathroom,
urinate after sex, and drink plenty of water.
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