Urinary Tract Infections in Teens and Adults
You can take steps to prevent new or
urinary tract infections (UTIs).
Prevention tips for men and women
- Drinking more water and other liquids may help.
- When you urinate, take time to empty your bladder as much as possible.
Prevention tips for women
- Urinate immediately after sexual intercourse.
This is the best protection women have against UTIs, because it helps prevent
bacteria from moving into the urethra.
- Avoid using condoms
coated with spermicide or a diaphragm for birth control if your doctor believes
they are causing you to get UTIs.
- Change sanitary napkins
- Wipe from front to back
after using the toilet to avoid spreading bacteria from your anus to your
- Some women have found cranberry juice to be helpful, although the evidence from studies isn't strong.
- If you get UTIs often, ask your doctor about taking
antibiotics right after sexual intercourse to prevent recurrent
- Post-menopausal women may want to ask their doctors about
using vaginal estrogen to prevent recurrent UTIs.
Prevention tip for men
Keep the tip of your penis clean, especially if
you are uncircumcised. The foreskin can trap bacteria, which can then get into
the urinary tract and cause infection.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 13, 2013
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