Many chronic UTI sufferers say that hormones affect their symptoms. We explain how contraception, your monthly cycle and perimenopause and menopause can affect UTIs.

Why can hormones affect urinary tract infections and chronic UTI?

Research shows that hormonal changes affect whole body conditions with flare-ups and remissions.

Research around hormones and UTI is often based on postmenopausal women due to the increase in UTI incidences in later years but some chronic UTI sufferers say that hormones affect their symptoms during their monthly cycle, pregnancy, and through peri-menopause, menopause and during their subsequent postmenopausal years.

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Image: Polarised light micrograph of crystals of Oestradiol, one of the six oestrogens from the Science Photo Library