Dr. Eilber describes how different drink choices affect a woman's bladder and explains why some women suffer from chronic bladder infections.
Many patients who have overactive bladder and/or incontinence certainly can have aggravation of their symptoms by the typical offenders are caffeine, so coffee, tea, carbonated beverages can also affect that. Alcohol is not only a diuretic, but it also inhibits people’s judgment so they may postpone going to the bathroom a little bit longer, but alcohol and caffeine are the two most common offenders.
And on that same token, there is no scientific basis behind eight glasses of water a day. So some people who force themselves to drink because they think it’s good for them actually aggravate their bladder problems.
It has been well studied that women who are prone to recurrent bladder infections actually have stickier bacteria per se than women who are not prone to infections. Some women have infections every time they have sexual activity. Some women who are incontinent have infections, maybe because of wet pads they are wearing, or theoretically because their sphincter muscle isn’t closed, maybe it makes the bacteria able to ascend into the urinary tract easier, but the typical woman with recurrent urinary tract infections of reproductive years usually just has a more virulent normal bacteria in their body.
Older women who are post-menopausal or perimenopausal, oftentimes it is the hormonal changes that affect the normal bacterial balance in the vaginal canal which makes them more prone to infections.
About Dr. Karyn Eilber, M.D.:
Dr. Karyn Eilber, M.D., is one of the few board certified female urologists in the Los Angeles area that is fellowship trained in the treatment of incontinence, voiding dysfunction, and female pelvic reconstruction. Dr. Eilber received her medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine and completed a urology residency and fellowship also at UCLA.
Following fellowship training, Dr. Eilber joined the Department of Urology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where she gained extensive experience in pelvic reconstruction following cancer treatment and treating male incontinence after prostatectomy. Since returning to California, her practice is focused on vaginal reconstruction and the treatment of both men and women for incontinence and voiding dysfunction.