Reducing the Risk of Infection.
While infections in your urinary tract are not 100% avoidable, there are several simple things you can do to help prevent UTIs.
- Hydrate with water
One of the best ways to prevent a UTI is to urinate frequently so that as much bacteria as possible can be flushed out of your system. The best way to urinate frequently? Drink plenty of liquids, especially water.
- Front to back
Remember when your parents taught you to wipe from front to back after you go to the bathroom? Think of this as the golden rule of UTIs – that bacteria from the anal region does not belong around the vagina and urethra.
- Avoid irritating products
Some feminine products, such as deodorant sprays, douches, and powders, can irritate the urethra and may trigger a UTI. Also, certain types of birth control – like diaphragms and spermicidal agents – can increase the risk of infection.
- Urinate after sex
This is another way to prevent bacteria from moving into the urethra. And if you don’t feel like you need to urinate, drink a glass of water.
- Cotton will keep you dry
Bacteria that cause UTIs flourish in warm, moist environments. Underwear made from synthetic materials, such as nylon, polyester, or spandex, restricts airflow to the genitals. Cotton, on the other hand, is porous and keeps the genitals dry.
- Go when you need to go
“Holding it” is never good. Not only is it uncomfortable, but it can also make it easier for bacteria to multiply in your urinary tract.