A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection that affects the urinary system and is more common than you think. UTI symptoms include painful urination, bloody or cloudy urine, increased urge to pass urine, and even fever and chills.
UTIs are usually easily treatable. However, it can be pretty annoying if you’re suffering from recurring infections. We share five ways you can prevent UTIs so that you can avoid the pain.
Drink lots of water
Drinking plenty of water and other hydrating fluids is one of the best ways to help prevent UTIs. Staying hydrated means you’ll need to pee more frequently, which helps to flush bacteria out of your urinary tract. Similarly, try to avoid holding in your pee for too long as this allows bacteria to build up in your urinary tract, leading to infections.
Keep your intimate area clean
UTIs happen when bacteria enter your urinary tract. As such, it’s important to keep your intimate area clean. This includes incorporating good hygiene habits, such as:
Wiping from front to back after you use the bathroom to prevent bacteria from your vaginal or anus openings from entering the urinary tract
Showering after a workout and getting into clean, fresh clothes
Changing your sanitary pad frequently when you’re on your period
Stock up on cranberries
Cranberry juice doesn’t treat UTIs, but it may be effective in helping to prevent them. Some research has suggested that cranberries can make it difficult for bacteria to stick to your urinary tract, thereby preventing infections from occurring.
Urinate after sexual intercourse
Sexual activity can increase the risk of contracting a UTI as bacteria can enter the urinary tract during sexual intercourse. Peeing after having intercourse can help to flush any bacteria out of your system, to prevent infections.
Preventive methods can go a long way to stop recurrent infections from happening. However, if you suspect that you’ve contracted a UTI, do see a doctor for medical advice. Our general practitioners are available 24/7, or see a Urologist or an OB-GYN by appointment.