These are some prevention tips and lifestyle changes that the Cleveland Urological Clinic specialized in Recurrent Urinary Infection suggests to its patients:
Practice good hygiene:
Prevent UTIs by practicing good personal hygiene. This is very important for women. The urethra in women is much shorter than in men, it is easier for E. coli bacteria to move from the rectum into the body. It is recommended to wipe from front to back after defecating. Good hygiene practices should be used during the menstrual cycle to avoid infection. Change your sanitary pads and tampons frequently and do not use feminine deodorants, this helps prevent urinary infections.
Drink plenty of fluids:
Drink plenty of fluids especially in your daily routine, to help flush extra bacteria from your urinary tract. It is recommended to drink six to eight glasses of water a day.
Change your urination habits
– Urination plays an important role in killing bacteria. Urine is a waste product and every time you empty your bladder you are eliminating this waste. Frequent urination reduces the risk of developing infection, especially if you have a history of frequent urinary infections. Avoid liquids and foods that can irritate your bladder, such as alcohol, citrus juices, caffeinated drinks, and spicy foods. Try to urinate before and after having sex. This helps kill any bacteria that may have gotten in during intercourse. You can also wash the genital area with warm water before having sex. Don’t take a shower. Many doctors do not recommend this practice.
Change your birth control method:
Some women are at higher risk of developing a UTI if they use a diaphragm for birth control. Talk to your healthcare provider about other birth control options.
Use water-based lubricants during sex:
If you experience vaginal dryness and use a lubricant during sex, use one water-based. Avoid using spermicides if you have frequent urinary infections. If you are a postmenopausal woman, your doctor may prescribe a vaginal cream that contains estrogen. This helps reduce the risk of developing a UTI by changing the pH of the vagina.
Avoid tight clothing:
This can help you stay dry, preventing bacteria from growing in your urinary tract. Only wear cotton underwear. It will prevent extra moisture from being trapped around the urethra.
Use a Dietary Supplements:
Over-the-counter supplements are also available for UTIs. They are recommended for people who have frequent UTIs as another way to prevent them. Talk to your healthcare provider before you start taking any supplement and ask if it might be a good option for you.
Finally, if you have been caught in the terrible cycle of UTIs and/or if you frequently get UTIs, then you understand how terrible the cycle can be. Use the prevention to avoid UTIs in the future.