Jun. 18, 2018
Nothing puts a damper on summer days like a urinary tract infection (UTI). UTIs are not only painful and annoying, but they could lead to more serious conditions such as kidney infections. Luckily, with smart planning and swift action, UTIs can often be prevented. We hope these suggestions will have you out of the bathroom and back at the beach, barbeque, or ballgame in no time.
Go to the Bathroom: This one is a no-brainer, but it’s important to remember that the best way to avoid a UTI is by treating your bladder with respect. After sex, it’s especially important to use the facilities, but regular visits (every four hours or so) is ideal best bladder practices.
Don’t “Hold It”: Holding it is not worth it, as bacteria can develop in the urethra and kick off a UTI. Don’t be a hero; take the time to go.
Consider if Your Birth Control is Helping or Hurting: Some methods of birth control may interfere with your body’s ability to fight bacteria and others, such as sponges and diaphragms may trap bacteria. Talk to your doctor if you’re getting UTIs frequently and you are on birth control.
Drink Lots: Alcohol is a no, but most other liquids help flush out your system and keep your urethra healthy. Cranberry juice is the classic choice, though it’s not proven that it is any more effective than water or other juice.
UTIs are a major summer bummer. Start following these guidelines today to minimize your risk for these annoying and painful infections.
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