10 Ways you can avoid getting UTI
Updated: Jan 29, 2022
Women get more UTIs than men. A urinary tract infection (UTI) can be painful and frustrating, especially if it keeps coming back. While antibiotics generally clear up a UTI within a few days, there are also some simple measures you can take to help prevent getting one in the first place.
Drink plenty of water, and relieve yourself often.
Wash up before sex, and pee afterward.
Wipe from front to back.
Avoid douches, deodorant sprays, scented powders, and other feminine products with fragrances or chemicals.
Check your birth control some birth control may cause bacterial growth.
Use water-based lubricants.
Wear cotton underwear, take showers instead of baths, and avoid tight clothes.
Urinate before and after sex.
Eat cranberries or drink cranberry juice.
If you have recurring UTI’s talk to a doctor. How you are increasing the risk of UTI;
Frequent sexual activity
new sexual partners
some types of birth control
Risks associated with UTI
a weakened immune system
urinary tract abnormalities
blockages in the urinary tract, such as kidney stones or an enlarged prostate
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