Prevention of Urinary Tract Infections

A number of different strategies have been proposed to decrease your risk of UTI:

Employ proper toileting hygiene – clean the vaginal and anal area from front to back after bowel movements to avoid introducing e.coli into the urethra

Urinate before and after intercourse – this helps to flush bacteria out of the urethra

Drink plenty of water – this leads to more frequent urination, flushing out the urethra and preventing urinary stasis (holding of urine in the bladder for long periods of time), which can encourage bacterial growth

Avoid bath oils and feminine hygiene products – the dyes and perfumes in these products can irritate the walls of the urinary tract, increasing the risk of infection

Consider cranberry juice or tablets – the experimental evidence is inconclusive, but some studies suggest a protective effect. The tannins in cranberries may prevent e.coli from adhering to the walls of the urinary tract.