Showers Are Best
When it comes to cleaning your body, it’s best to take a shower instead of a bath. Your bath water can easily become contaminated with microorganisms, such as bacteria, protozoa and fungi that are found in or on areas of the body (known as normal flora). If you’re not ready to give up your baths, avoid using perfumed bath products and consider showering immediately after soaking in the bath.
Unscented Feminine Hygiene Products
Although scented soaps and body sprays smell nice, using feminine hygiene products, including tampons and pads that are scented can increase your risk of developing a urinary tract infection. It’s best to avoid any scented product in the vaginal area.
Wipe Front to Back
You most likely already know this, but just as a reminder, one of the most crucial ways to prevent a UTI is by wiping front to back. When wiping from back to front, it pushes all of the bacteria into your vagina and/or urethra. It’s also a good idea to use a clean piece of toilet tissue for each swipe.
You can reduce the risk of a UTI by making it habit of taking frequent bathroom breaks. Holding it when you need to go may help any bacteria that are present develop into a urinary tract infection and if your bladder is full it may be more vulnerable to infection.
Wear Cotton Underwear
It’s best to wear cotton underwear, but if you prefer other fabrics, at least wear underwear with a cotton crotch panel. Cotton fabric allows moisture to escape, which reduces the risk of a breeding ground for bacteria. You should also avoid wearing tight-fitting pantyhose or clothing.
Urinate Before and After Intercourse
Urinating before and after sexual intercourse will help to flush out any bacteria that could be transferred to the vaginal area and urethra; it’s especially after sexual intercourse.
Drink Lots of Water
Not only is drinking at least six to eight glasses of water each day good for your skin and overall general health, but it also helps to flush your urinary tract. Drinking a lot of water will help to dilute your urine which reduces the risk of bacteria.
If you experience any symptoms of a urinary tract infection, which may include a frequent urge to urinate, cloudy or strong smelling urine, pelvic pain and/or a burning feeling while urinating, it is important that you schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.