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my urinary tract infections and unusual menstrual

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For the past two years or so, I have been plagued by recurring urinary tract infections and it seems like every single one gets worse. Generally, I avoid going to the doctor as long as possible and can occasionally treat them by myself as I hate taking antibiotics (I'm allergic to penicillin so I have to take the ones that make you sick).
Today, however, I experienced excruciating pain after urinating and booked an appointment with the doctor for tomorrow.
This evening, I noticed quite of bit of blood and thought it was from the infection as it has happened to me before but it is rather heavy so I'm beginning to wonder if it's just my period. But it's more than a week early and lighter than usual. On the other hand, though, my last period was extremely heavy and unbearable and the one before that was very long.
Is there some sort of connection between my urinary tract infections and my unusual menstrual cycle? Are these possibly symptoms for another problem?

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replied February 5th, 2011
Womens Conditions Answer A19337
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Repeated urinary infections can lead to pelvic and vaginal infections causing alterations in your period pattern. Go ahead with your scheduled appointment with your doctor and get urine tests (along with culture sensitivity tests), vaginal smear test along with PAP test done to confirm the source of bleeding and to rule out vaginal and pelvic infection. If you are sexually active, then consider getting your partner also treated simultaneously to prevent re-infection. Drink plenty of water always and include fruits and juices in your diet.
Take care.

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