What is a UTI?
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are extremely common particularly in sexually active women of reproductive ages. UTIs are generally caused by bacteria that enters your urethra during sexual activity. One in two women have had a UTI meaning many women will experience the pain of a UTI at some point in their lives.
How are UTI’s and periods linked?
Having your period and a UTI at the same time is like a test of endurance but it is actually proven that UTIs most commonly happen around your period. The reason for this is that during your period, your oestrogen levels (which act as an anti-inflammatory) are at its lowest. This means you are more susceptible to infections when menstruating.
Does having a UTI affect your period?
A UTI cannot directly affect your menstrual cycle or reproductive organs. Contrary to popular opinion, a UTI does not delay your period, however stress can. If you’re stressed about getting a UTI or stressed about currently having one, then it can lead to late or missed periods and make you feel as if you’re imbalanced.
In some cases, a UTI may travel into your upper urinary tract which can lead to a kidney infection. This type of infection is more serious however will still not delay your period. If this is may be something you’re experiencing, it is important to talk to your GP.
What are some of the symptoms of a UTI?
Common symptoms include:
When suffering from a UTI, many people experience the above symptoms however not all of them. If you continue to experience these symptoms, it is important to contact your GP.
If you experience a UTI whilst on your period, it is important to be more careful about your personal hygiene (as your oestrogen levels are low, therefore you’re more prone to infection). Remember to change your pad often and try to avoid using tampons until the UTI clears up. It is also important to keep your vagina clean, however do not clean the inside of your vagina (especially not with soap) as it is self-cleaning. You can give it a wash with water however try to use unfragranced soaps on the outside of your vagina.
How to prevent UTIs in the future…
Once you have had a UTI, you’ll probably go the extra mile to make sure you don’t get one again! Here’s how:
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Medical Disclaimer: Articles are intended for informational purposes only and should not be used as the basis of patient treatment. Ask a medical professional if you have any health-related questions or concerns.
Sachdev, G. (2021). Can having a UTI affect your periods? Let’s find out.https://www.healthshots.com/intimate-health/menstruation/can-having-a-uti-affect-your-periods-lets-find-out/
Whelan, C. (2021). Can a UTI delay your period?https://www.healthline.com/health/urinary-tract-infection-adults/can-uti-delay-period#what-can-delay
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