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
- Drink plenty of water and other liquids each
day. This helps ensure that you urinate frequently, which flushes bacteria from
your urinary tract.
- Urinate when you have the urge. Don't hold your
urine for a long time.
- Avoid constipation.
- Ask your doctor
about taking methenamine to prevent recurrent UTIs.
- Ask your doctor
about taking antibiotics to prevent recurrent UTIs.
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
- Avoid douches, feminine hygiene sprays, and other feminine
hygiene products with deodorant. These can change the normal balance of
organisms that help prevent infection.
- Wipe from front to back
after using the toilet to avoid spreading bacteria from your anus to your
- Try cranberry products like pure cranberry juice, cranberry extract, or cranberry pills.
- 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 16, 2011
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