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Understanding Bladder Infections -- Prevention

How Can I Help Prevent Bladder Infections?

To lower your risk of getting a bladder infection:

  • Urinate regularly and empty your bladder completely.
  • Wear cotton underwear and loose, nonbinding clothing that does not trap heat and moisture.
  • In general, practice good hygiene.
  • Drink plenty of liquids. Cranberry juice may be helpful in preventing a bladder infection, according to some studies. It may keep bacteria from attaching to the bladder and creating an infection.
  • Avoid substances known to irritate the bladder, such as alcohol and coffee.

Advice for women:

Understanding Bladder Infections

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  • Emptying the bladder after intercourse may be helpful.
  • Take showers instead of baths.
  • Do not douche or use any perfumed products in the genital area.
  • If you use a diaphragm or spermicide and have frequent bladder infections, talk to your doctor about other birth control options.
  • Wiping from front to back after emptying the bladder may help prevent bacteria around the anus from getting into the urethra and ultimately the bladder.

The above suggestions are especially important if you’ve ever had a urinary tract infection, because they might help you avoid recurring infections.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on March 29, 2014

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