Menopause: Vaccinations against bladder infections?

Women affected more frequently in menopause
Wetness, cold and incorrect clothing favor bladder infections especially in women. Undercooling weakens the immune system and makes the body more susceptible to bacterial infections. In addition, many people drink too little in the cold season. As a result, the bladder mucous membranes dry out, as a result of which bacteria attach themselves better. Typical symptoms include pain and burning during urination, severe urination, and pain in the abdomen. Sometimes urine also becomes turbid, changes its smell or contains blood. Women who regularly suffer from the complaints can also be vaccinated.

One in three women suffer more than once a year from bladder infections. Men under 50 are rarely affected. From about 60 years of age, however, these infections can occur equally frequently in both sexes. The increase in the incidence of infections in men is often due to prostate enlargement, a typical disease in old age."This increases the pressure on the urinary bladder and the urine flow. Residual urine in the bladder provides ideal growth conditions for bacteria, "Dr. Dr. Reinhold Schaefer, Urologist from the medical network Uro-GmbH Nordrhein. Treatment should only be done after a diagnosis by a urologist. The therapy of acute bladder infections is targeted with antibiotics, either as a one-time therapy or as a short-term therapy.

Many older people move too little and do not do sports. This increases the likelihood of losing mobility and increases the risk of some diseases.(Photo: Kzenon / Many older people move too little and do not do sports. This increases the likelihood of losing mobility and increases the risk of some diseases.(Image: Kzenon /

In cases of recurring inflammation a reinfectionsprophylaxis with antibiotics is necessary. Meanwhile, there is also the possibility of being vaccinated against bacteria, which often cause cystitis. However, the vaccination only protects against a part of the pathogens and therefore does not offer absolute protection."The urologist recommends that women in the menopause, which are often more prone to urinary tract infections due to a possible estrogen deficiency, can make the vaccination easier."In this case, urologists are vaccinated against the bacteria, which most frequently cause bladder infections. Within four weeks they administer three injections to the basic immunization.

The vaccination should be refreshed annually and is called booster. For many, a significant improvement follows. In addition, there are also certain capsules for immunotherapy with recurrent bladder infections. It is important to discuss these possibilities with a urologist. Local hormone therapy, which is best discussed with the women's doctor, often leads to a significant improvement in women and fewer re-infections.

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Supportive to medical therapy recommend urologists drink a lot, keep feet and feet warm, and urine urine immediately to the toiletto go. Cranberry juice, tablet tablets or herbal teas support the therapy, but they are not effective against bacterial inflammation alone.

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