See..Here's the Check-List to Prevent them:
- Water helps flush your urinary tract, so make sure you drink plenty of plain water daily. CHECK. I drink water ALL day.
- Don't hold it when you need to urinate! Women are often guilty of trying to finish a task before they go to the bathroom. Holding it, when you need to go, can help any bacteria that may be present develop into a full-fledged urinary tract infection. This one I get a double check. I pee alllll the time and at least 5x before I actually go to sleep, and at least once during the night..usually at 3AM.
- You've probably heard that you should wipe from front to back after a bowl movement. This is especially important to help prevent bacteria from the anus from entering the vagina or urethra. Ok, Duh. I totally know how to wipe.
- Taking showers instead of tub baths helps to prevent bacteria from entering the urethra and causing a UTI. This is one I should work on. I take baths. But I don't like taking showers because I can't see if someone is coming in the bathroom to kill me. BUT I do totally wash off with soap before I put the drain down.
- Always wash your genital area both before and after sexual intercourse to help prevent transferring bacteria to the urethra or vaginal area which can create a breeding ground for UTI. Check. I am a clean freak. Especially before/during these circumstances.
- Feminine hygiene sprays and douches, particularly scented douches, can irritate the urethra and possibly begin a case of UTI. So, be safe and learn to say "No" to feminine hygiene sprays and douches. Doing so will help prevent not only urinary tract infections, but also other infections and irritations that these products may cause. "Say 'No' to Feminine hygiene sprays" Doesn't that sound like they are alive and coming after you? I have never used these.
- Drinking cranberry juice is a fairly well known and natural way to both help prevent urinary tract infections, as well as help speed the recovery process when UTI develops. Just drinking two 4 ounce glasses of cranberry juice daily is often enough to both prevent UTI and speed recovery when an infection does develop. I take 2-6 cranberry pills daily.
- Another nutritional route that may help prevent UTI is Vitamin C supplements taken on a regular basis. Vitamin C increases the acidity level of urine which in turn helps decrease the number of harmful bacteria that may be present in your urinary tract system. I take a multivitamin daily that includes 100% vitamin C.
- Always wear panties with a cotton crotch. White cotton panties are even better. Cotton fabric lets moisture escape while other fabrics can trap moisture, creating a potential breeding ground for bacteria. Check. I haven't even worn butt floss in a long time.
- If you are one of a large number of women who suffers from frequent, recurrent urinary tract infections, a change in your position during sexual intercourse may help reduce the number of UTIs that you experience. Changing sexual positions may reduce friction on your urethra and reduce your risk of recurrent UTI. Women who suffer from extremely frequent urinary tract infections may be prescribed an antibiotic to take immediately after sex to help prevent the likelihood of urinary tract infection occurrence. Change of positions? Check Check Check. haha.
Sigh. This is so frusterating.
What the #@$( your problem?
What the #@$( your problem?