Kidney and Urologic Diseases

Simple Tips for UTI Prevention in Women

Written by
Dr. Geethu Thomas
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Nov 04, 2017 and last reviewed on Sep 07, 2018   -  1 min read

Abstract

Abstract

This article discusses the common reasons for recurrent urinary tract infections (UTI) in women and presents some easy-to-follow suggestions to avoid getting the infection in the first place.

Simple Tips for UTI Prevention in Women

Urinary tract infection is one of the most common illnesses that increases the morbidity in the patients.

Females are more prone to UTI than men due to their short urethra, and it is even more so, in sexually active females, due to the trauma encountered by the urethra during the act.

During Pregnancy:

  • Pregnancy is another important cause. During pregnancy, women encounter hormonal and valvular changes causing urinary reflux, urinary stasis, and increased pressure on the urinary bladder because of the increased size of the uterus.

Urinary Stones and Diabetes:

  • Urinary stones and diabetes also predispose to urinary infections.
  • Urinary catheters inserted to drain the bladder can cause the germs to travel along the tube and infect the bladder and the kidneys.

Using Public Toilets:

  • Many women have the habit of holding their bladder for too long. This will cause a stasis of urine making the bacteria multiply.
  • Using dirty public toilets.
  • Using the toilet paper in the wrong direction. This causes microbes from your anal area to enter the urethra. Remember to always wipe from the front to the back.

Improper Hygiene:

  • Not emptying your bladderbefore and after intercourse is also a predisposing factor for UTI.

Wearing tight-fitting clothes:

  • Wearing tight-fitting clothes. Women tend to wear tight-fitting clothes during a workout. The moisture from their sweat causes the yeast normally present in the vaginal flora to multiply in large amounts causing an infection. Preferably choose cottonwear which will soak away the moisture. Change into loose garments as quickly as possible after your workout.

What to DO?

  • Keep yourself hydrated always and have cranberry juice or capsules as it helps fight UTI.

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Last reviewed at:
07 Sep 2018  -  1 min read

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