Thank you for writing and I'm sorry you're dealing with overactive bladder - it's a very frustrating condition.
We cannot say exactly why you're cycle seems to be connected to the need to urinate so frequently. You said you are being treated for overactive bladder - in what way?
Have you had your pelvic floor examined? Have you given birth? How old are you?
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is caused when bacteria enters your urethra and spreads to your urinary tract. A UTI can occur in the bladder, kidneys, urethra and ureters.
Treating and curing a UTI is relatively simple. Your doctor will perform an urinalysis. If you test positive, they will prescribe an antibacterial drug. Your UTI should clear up in 1-2 days.
However and as a precaution, your doctor may order additional tests if you have a kidney infection, diabetes, prostate infection or if you have delayed treatment. After you have completed treatment, your doctor may request a follow-up urinalysis to make sure your infection has passed.
The National Institutes of Health recommends the following steps that women can do on their own to prevent a UTI. Possible UTI home remedies include:
• Drinking cranberry juice
• Drinking plenty of water daily (the average person needs to pass 1.5 quarts of urine per day)
• Cleansing the genital area before sex
• Avoid using feminine hygiene sprays (may irritate the urethra)
• Avoid using scented douches (may irritate the urethra)
• Urinating when you feel the need
• Don't resist the urge to urinate
• After urination, wipe from front to back (This will prevent bacteria around the anus from entering the vagina or urethra)
• Take showers instead of tub baths
It is very common to suffer from repeated UTIs over your lifetime. The National Institute of Health (NIH) states, ʺNearly 20 percent of women who have a UTI will have another, and 30 percent of those will have yet another. Of the last group, 80 percent will have recurrences.ʺ