Urinary tract infections, or UTIs, are a common and annoying problem, but there are ways to prevent UTIs. Bacteria cause the infection, usually in the bladder, but UTIs can occur in other parts of the urinary tract, including the ureters, urethra, bladder or kidneys.
Our Austin obgyns diagnose and treat UTIs, and we encourage you to make an appointment to see us instead of self-treating the problem.
Our Austin obgyns reveal five ways that you can prevent UTIs.
Certain birth control methods can raise your risk of developing UTIs. These include spermicides, diaphragms and condoms that aren’t lubricated. Talk to our Austin obgyns if you need to find another birth control method that doesn’t raise your risk.
Even though you and your partner may not appreciate the routine or the interrupted cuddle time, it’s important to get up and empty your bladder after intercourse to prevent UTIs. It’s also important before sex.
You may be meticulous in every aspect of your hygiene, but if you aren’t wiping from front to back after you go to the bathroom, you are increasing your risk for UTIs. You should bathe every day to prevent UTIs. It may not seem like an improvement to your hygiene, but you shouldn’t use douches, feminine sprays or powders.
It’s always a good idea to relax, but what we actually mean is you should loosen up your clothing. Tight pants can trap harmful moisture, and bacteria thrive in moist environments. Our Austin obgyns recommend wearing underwear with a cotton panel to prevent UTIs.
We encourage women to drink at least six to eight glasses of water every day. It’s also helpful to drink water after having sexual intercourse. There is no definitive proof that drinking cranberry juice helps to prevent UTIs, but it won’t hurt you. You may want to keep track of the sugar and calories in the juice, though.