As your estrogen levels drop, especially after menopause and later in life, the walls of your urethra thin and you become more susceptible to urinary tract infections. That said, UTIs are fairly common for women of any age. Excercise, sexual intercourse, or general activity, particularly water sports, can lead to a UTI. Generally caused by bacteria in the urethra, most UTIs are easy to treat with over-the-counter medications. Symptoms of a UTI include burning or painful urination, blood in the urine, difficulty urinating, and abdominal cramps. If you notice these symptoms, consult your doctor. If you suspect your estrogen levels are causing your UTI, your doctor can prescribe appropriate treatments.
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