Updated: Mar 20
For women, UTIs (urinary tract infections) are a common ailment. Patients often wonder how they get UTIs in the first place. UTIs are usually brought on by bacteria that is naturally found within the body. When kidneys do not flush out these harmful bacteria, urinary tract health becomes compromised.
Here are 9 tips for maintaining UTI free Urinary Tract Health:
1. Maintain proper hydration throughout the day because being dehydrated can lead to UTI's.
2. Wipe from front to back after using the restroom because urinating with urine containing infected feces can spread UTI causing bacteria to other parts of your reproductive system and bladder.
3. Urinate immediately after sexual intercourse. UTI causing bacteria can be transmitted into your urinary system through semen and vaginal secretions during sex.
4. Urinate before and after use of a diaphragm or condom to flush away the harmful bacteria leading to UTIs.
5. Wear cotton panties because although synthetic fibers like polyester wick away moisture, they also hold onto the bodily fluids that lead to UTI formation.
6. Wear underwear with a front-closing flap or cotton gusset because these additions make it easier for women to wipe correctly and prevent UTIs.
7. Go without any type of feminine hygiene product for 3-4 hours at a time (especially tamp) to allow good air circulation . Excessive use of feminine hygiene products can lead to UTIs because harmful bacteria love warm, moist environments.
8. Avoid douching because it alters the vaginal ecology and disturbs your bacterial flora . The vagina has its own built in defence system against UTI causing organisms.
9. Visit your doctor if you are taking any prescriptions that affect UTI formation like diuretics, opioids, antagonists etc... These increase urinary output which will only make UTIs worse if they are already present. These medicines also irritate the bladder lining making women more susceptible to UTI formation.
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