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What is causing your chronic bladder infections?

Do your bladder infections keep coming back every few months? If yes, it’s probably because the underlying cause is not being treated. Bladder infections are usually treated with antibiotics, but the infection often recurs if the root cause is not treated. In cases of chronic bladder infections, the trigger to the problem may be due to changes in the vaginal microflora. Let’s take a closer look at how this happens.

The vagina contains a mix of good bacteria (lactobacilli) and bad bacteria (30+), but the good bacteria normally dominate, and this keeps the vagina in a healthy state. However, if there is a disruption in the normal microflora pattern, it can cause harmful bacteria to multiply, and result in irritating secretions.

These secretions bathe both the vagina and the vestibule, which is the area where the urethra (the tube from the bladder) opens into. If the secretions affect the vestibule this can irritate and inflame the urethra, leading to symptoms normally linked to a bladder infection such as a frequent urge to urinate, and burning with urination.

Treatment for chronic bladder infections

In order to properly treat chronic bladder infections, it’s important to first determine if the infection is linked to an altered vaginal microflora. At Fowler GYN International, this diagnosis is made with the help of an advanced vaginal fluid analysis (VFA) test. If the VFA test confirms that an altered vaginal microflora is present, a customized treatment plan is recommended to restore balance to the microflora. Are you having chronic bladder infections that you would like treated?

Contact the experts in vaginal health at Fowler GYN International (FGI) for a consultation. You can reach them at www.fowlergyninternational.com, or by calling (480) 420-4001.

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