You can take these steps to reduce your risk of urinary tract infections:
- Avoid potentially irritating feminine products. Using anything in the genital area can irritate the urethra.
- Change your birth control method. Diaphragms, unlubricated or spermicide-treated condoms can all contribute to bacterial growth.
- Drink cranberry juice. Plus lots of other liquids too, especially water, to help flush out your bladder frequently.
- Urinate shortly after intercourse. Also, drink a full glass of water to help flush bacteria.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing when possible. Air can keep the area around your urethra dry.
- Women and girls should wipe from front to back. This helps prevent bacteria in the anal region from spreading to the vagina and urethra.
A UTI is not likely to damage your urinary tract if you treat it. However, if left untreated, the infection can spread to your kidneys and beyond. Your primary care provider is ready to help you with any treatment you might need to keep a UTI from interfering in your life anymore.