Have you ever experienced that burning sensation when you pass urine? Or that annoying and frequent urge to pee but very little comes out? Or those fever and chills that all point to having a UTI? According to this article, 4 in 10 women experience UTIs and women are far more likely to get them than men due to our shorter urethra that enables the bacteria to travel faster.
But that doesn’t mean we should live with it. Here are 5 very do-able ways to prevent UTIs:
- Urinating before and after sexual intercourse: Sexual intercourse increases the likelihood of contracting a UTI. To reduce this, one must pee both before and after having sex. The purpose for this is to flush out the bacteria that could potentially cause a UTI. Washing your genital area before sex could help also prevent the present bacteria to spread in your urethra.
- Increasing your fluid intake: Drinking plenty of fluids, especially water, reduces the risks of contracting a UTI. Drinking water helps to dilate your urine, thus making you urinate more frequently allowing bacteria to be flushed out from your urinary tract at a faster rate, preventing infection.
- Switching your birth control method: Some types of birth control increase your chance of developing a UTI. These include diaphragms, unlubricated or spermicide condoms. They could all contribute to bacterial growth. Consulting your doctor for other options for birth control could definitely help.
- Avoiding feminine products in your genital area: Using deodorant sprays, douches, powders or other products in your genital area could irritate the urethra leading to a UTI.
- Dietary changes: Dietary preferences may not completely ward off a UTI, but there are home remedies and treatments that could definitely help. Fruits such as cranberries and blueberries are said to prevent bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract lining. Probiotics are said to contain traces of a ‘good gut’ bacteria and some evidence suggests that they help to keep the ‘bad bacteria’ from growing in the vagina.
Since I’ve gotten a UTI myself before, I definitely feel the need to take a few of these steps myself to prevent getting another one!
Have you ever had a UTI? What did you do about it? Tell us in the comments below.
The information in this article is not a replacement for advice you would receive from a medical professional.
- Norton Healthcare
- Mayo Clinic
- Harvard Health Publishing
- Cleveland Clinic
By Anushka Shah