5 Ways to Avoid Urinary Tract Infections
Updated: Oct 10, 2021
If you know, you know: Urinary Tract Infections, or UTIs, are no walk in the park. As the most common bacterial infection in women, they can be extremely painful, debilitating, and persistent. In fact, according to OASH, 40% of women who experience a UTI will get at least one more within 6 months. Some of us are more susceptible to getting a UTI, such as women who are pregnant, postmenopausal, sexually active, immunosuppressed, or using a catheter.
1. Drink Plenty of Fluids
Drinking water throughout the day has so many health benefits, and staying hydrated can even help avoid UTIsl. Don't forget about cranberry juice, which is a natural diuretic and can help combat bad bacteria. According to Mayo Clinic, women should consume about 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day.
2. Avoid Irritating Feminine Products
Believe it or not, products such as sprays, powders, and douches are irritants to the urethra. Discontinue use of any of these products if you are experiencing recurring UTIs and talk to your doctor.
3. Healthy Hygiene
Keeping clean down there is one of the best ways to avoid bacterial infections, and making sure you wipe from front to back can go a long way in maintaining healthy hygiene.
4. Empty Your Bladder After Intercourse
Bacteria can build up during intercourse, so make sure to use the restroom before and after to help flush away any unwanted bacteria from the bladder and urethra.
5. Don't Put Off Urinating
When you gotta go, you gotta go! Delaying using the restroom when you feel the urge can contribute to Urinary Tract Infections. Listen to your body and tend to its needs.
We're interested to hear if you have any tips for avoiding UTI's. Feel free to share in the comment section below!
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