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Do This - Not That: Preventing Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)

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What can I do to try to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs)?What can I do to try to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs)?

Though anyone can have a urinary tract infection (UTI), women tend to have them more frequently than men or children. According to the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse, one in five young women can even have them frequently. The anatomy of a woman can make them more susceptible to UTIs. In addition, there are gynecologic and urological issues that can increase risks for a UTI. These include menopause and pelvic organ prolapse.

There are several lifestyle changes and tips you can follow to try to prevent UTIs. Some are as simple as drinking more water, while others require a visit to your doctor. Here are some basic dos and don’ts you might want to try if you have concerns about UTIs.

  • Drink lots of water.
  • Urinate frequently.
  • Always empty your bladder completely.
  • Wear cotton underwear.
  • Wipe from front to back.
  • Use a lubricant during intercourse.
  • Ask about estrogen therapy.
  • Consider vaginal estrogen.
  • Urinate before and after intercourse.
  • Practice good hygiene before and after intercourse.
  • Take Vitamin C.
  • Drink unsweetened, pure cranberry juice.
  • Limit alcohol.
  • Manage your diabetes.

  • Don’t get dehydrated.
  • Don’t wear tight underwear, shorts, or pants.
  • Don’t use scented vaginal products.
  • Don’t douche.
  • Don’t use harsh detergents on intimate clothing.
  • Don’t take bubble baths.
  • Don’t hold urine.
  • Don’t eat excessive sugar.
  • Don't drink lots of caffeinated beverages.
  • Don't drink a lot of coffee.
  • Don’t eat large amounts of acidic foods.
If you have symptoms of a UTI that last more than a day or two or which worsen, call your doctor as you likely need an antibiotic. Untreated UTIs can lead to kidney infection so never ignore UTI symptoms or self-treat for more than a day or two. If you have chronic UTIs, talk to your doctor to see if preventive antibiotics might be right for you.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

03-26-2015 - 11:52 PM


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