Managing Chronic UTIs in Menopause Involves Dual Treatment
As you can see, the changes caused by menopause indicate that you will need to manage both the urinary tract and the vaginal canal to break the chronic UTI cycle.
1. Urinary Tract Therapeutics: D-Mannose and Cranberry
D-Mannose Powder To Clear UTI Symptoms
A natural supplement called D-Mannose has been proven to clear the symptoms of a UTI faster and more completely. It is a powder that is extracted from fruits and produces glucose, the healthy sugar our body makes.
The UTI-causing bacteria are attracted to the D-Mannose sugar molecules, so they let go of the bladder lining and bind to these molecules which are then quickly washed out with the urine.
It is effective against the E. Coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae, representing 80% of all bacteria. Unlike antibiotics, it does not harm the good bacteria, and it does not have the digestive and vaginal side-effects.
High-Powered Cranberry Extract To Protect Against New UTIs
All of the latest scientific research confirms that cranberry does not help alleviate UTI symptoms; BUT at certain levels of concentration, it keeps new infections away.
Cranberry’s role is to coat the bladder so that any new bacteria will not be able to adhere to the slippery surface it creates. Only cranberry products which show a daily dose of “36 mg PAC” on the label will prevent new UTIs. PAC stands for proanthocyanidins, which are the phenols which make cranberry work. Read more about how cranberry works here. So once UTI symptoms are no longer present, or urine test strips show negative UTI results, you can take a daily dose of cranberry to stay UTI-free.