Some experts rank your lifetime risk of getting one as high as 1 in 2 — with many women having repeat infections, sometimes for years on end.
Here are some valuable tips that can help you reduce the risk of contracting a UTI:
- Drink plenty of water to keep your urinary system healthier. When you urinate, bacteria are flushed from the urinary tract, so drink enough to go regularly and ensure that you are hydrated all the time.
- Maintain good hygiene. Bacteria from your anal region can spread to the urinary tract; so, keep your genital area clean.
- Don’t let the bacteria flourish. Wear cotton underwear and panties that allow air to pass. Bacteria and fungus thrive in wet or moist places (Avoid tight jeans and nylon underwear — they can trap moisture, creating the perfect environment for bacteria growth).
- Increase the intake of Vitamin C as it acidifies the urine, thus avoiding growth of bacteria. If you are prone to urinary tract infections then taking 1000mg of Vitamin C on daily basis will help.
- If you feel like urinating, do not hold it any longer. Frequently flushing your bladder helps to avoid urinary tract infections.
- Cranberry juice is considered to be helpful in avoiding urinary tract infection. Moreover, it is often recommended by doctors to bring relief to the kidney and urinary tract issues. Other acidic juices such as grapefruit and orange can also serve as a precaution against UTIs.
The above-mentioned tips help women to avoid or prevent UTIs in so many times. But, if you happen to develop an infection despite following the precautions, consult your doctor immediately.
Dr. Ralf Herwig
Urology & Man’s Health Expert