What to do about constant UTIs

Cystitis is common in women of all ages, but for some, recurrent infections occur frequently and have a detrimental impact on quality of life. For this recent piece for Patient.info, I examine the latest thinking on urinary tract infections and look at how to minimise their recurrence.

“For most women, the problem is believed to involve a combination of factors. Increased genetic susceptibility: there are studies that show variations in genes for parts of the immune system in women who are susceptible; and bacteria with increased pathogenicity – often patients with recurrent UTIs have managed to acquire clever bacteria that are able to survive by hiding in the deep layers of the bladder or within the gut.”