Can a glass of cranberry juice a day keep the urologist away? You might have heard that cranberries help prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs), but are these berries really as medicinal as they are tart and tasty?
There is some science behind the claims that cranberries can protect against urinary tract infections, especially in women who are prone to getting UTIs. Yet the benefit for other groups of people isn't as clear. Plus, there are no real recommendations on how much cranberry juice you'd...
Hygiene. After using the bathroom, women should
always wipe themselves from front to back. The most common cause of a UTI is
growth of bacteria in the urinary tract, usually Escherichia coli (E. coli), a type of bacteria commonly found
in the area around the rectum.
Not drinking enough fluids.
Drinking more fluids causes a person to urinate more frequently, reducing the
levels of bacteria in the urinary tract and bladder.
activity. Urination after sexual intercourse decreases the risk of urinary
tract infections in women.
Use of a contraceptive diaphragm, which
may cause increased risk of UTIs.
Use of a spermicide. Studies
have shown that a woman may be 3 times more likely to get a UTI if her sex
partner uses a condom coated with a spermicide.
Use of feminine
hygiene sprays or frequent douching.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
April 12, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 12, 2011
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