Approximately 20–40% of women have had at least one urinary tract infection (also known as acute cystitis) in their lifetime. As most women know, the symptoms of this condition are extremely uncomfortable. Plus, UTI can also cause serious problems if the entire urinary tract becomes infected. Follow the advices below. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
It’s recommended to drink between 6–8 glasses of water or other liquids a day to help eliminate bacteria from your urinary tract. Drinking water also means your urine will be less concentrated.
Some studies suggest that cranberries (as juice or capsules) contain a substance that prevents bacteria from attaching to the urinary tract walls and proliferating.
Urinate several times a day
This prevents the stagnation of urine in the bladder and therefore the proliferation of pathogenic microorganisms. Simply put, don’t hold your urine. Take a bathroom break whenever you feel the need.
Empty your bladder completely each time you urinate
This is the best way to remove all pathogens.
Observe strict personal hygiene
And avoid the multiplication of bacteria in this part of your anatomy.
Always wipe from front to back
This avoids spreading pathogens from the anus to the urethra.
Urinate immediately after sex
Genital friction during intercourse increases the presence of germs in the urethra. Urinating after sex helps preventing bacteria from entering the bladder.
Change sanitary napkins often
The blood on sanitary napkins is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria, which can travel up through the urinary tract.
When constipated, bacteria stagnate in the rectum, which may contribute to the development of a UTI. Avoid constipation by eating enough fiber and staying well hydrated.
Got a urinary tract infection?
If you experience a frequent and urgent need to urinate, persistent discomfort in the lower abdomen, a burning sensation when urinating, or smelly urine, you may be suffering from a urinary tract infection.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
If untreated, this condition can lead to kidney complications. Should a urine test confirm the presence of an infection, antibiotics can be prescribed. This treatment usually lasts between 3 and 10 days.
In cases of repeated urinary tract infections in women, further tests are recommended.