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I have been getting a UTI every 6 - 8 weeks for the past 4

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I have been getting a UTI every 6 - 8 weeks for the past 4 years. There was one instance where I went 16 weeks. This last time it came on fast - no warning twinge. This last time I also lost control of my bowels. I am wearing Depends as I have almost no control. I am a 71yr old female. Only thing doctors have given me are antibiotics. Help!!
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Urology
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 11 months ago.

Hello from JustAnswer.

Have you had any evaluation to identify any underlying cause for the recurrent UTIs?

Do you have any chronic medical problems?

Are you taking any chronic medicines?

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 11 months ago.

I had asked for some further information and have not heard back.

There are several aspects to consider in this situation.

There are certain chronic medical problems or medicines that can increase the risk for UTIs, which is why I asked for that information. There also are certain anatomic conditions that can contribute to UTIs.

Without that information, there are some general interventions that may be considered. In particular, there are 2 home interventions that can be tried. There is some evidence that drinking cranberry juice on a daily basis can reduce the risk for UTIs. There also is a supplement, D-mannose, that can help prevent UTIs in some women.

Other general interventions include using antibiotics as a preventive treatment. In post-menopausal women, using low-dose or intermittent estrogen vaginal cream may also be an option, although other medical conditions also would affect decision-making about the use of estrogens.

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