Urologic Dysfunction After Menopause (cont.)
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Urologic Dysfunction After Menopause Medications
Urinary tract infection
Antibiotics are the medication of choice for urinary tract infections. The doctor may also prescribe phenazopyridine (Pyridium) to relieve the burning pain during urination that can occur until antibiotics take effect. Some research suggests that estrogen replacement therapy may reduce urinary tract infections in menopausal women and this issue continues to be researched. For some women, local estrogen therapy as either tablets (Vagifem) or creams (Premarin, Estrace) may reduce the frequency of urinary tract infections in women with vulvar-vaginal atrophy resulting from low estrogen levels.
Bladder control problems
Estrogen replacement therapy, administered orally as a pill or topically as a patch or a cream, may be recommended for bladder prolapse to strengthen the vaginal muscles. The topical cream offers little absorption into the rest of the body, so it avoids side effects and potential risks of estrogen therapy while providing a potent dose to the vaginal area. However, the safety and efficacy of estrogen therapy continues to be researched.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/19/2016
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