How can I avoid getting UTIs so often?
Unfortunately, UTIs, or urinary tract infections, are common in young, healthy women. A UTI is an infection in the area of your body that makes urine, or pee. Anything that can introduce bacteria into your bladder can lead to an infection. And lots of stuff can do that like wiping back-to-front after a bowel movement or sexual intercourse. Also, some women may have a difference in their anatomy or genetics that may make them more susceptible to UTIs.
Even though UTIs are common and not a problem if you treat them early, there are a few things you can do to decrease your chances of getting another UTI:
- Stay well hydrated
- Urinate after intercourse to flush out bacteria
- Drink cranberry juice (a compound in cranberry juice, called tannin, makes it harder for bacteria to stick to the bladder)
- Wipe from front-to-back after a bowel movement
- Do not have vaginal sex after anal sex
UTIs can lead to other more serious infections, such as pyelonephritis (infection of the kidney) or sepsis (infection of the blood) if left untreated. So, if you think you have one or you’re having frequent infections be sure to see your doctor!