Urinary Problems and Injuries,Age 12 and Older - Prevention
You can help prevent urinary problems by
following these tips:
Drink more fluids, enough to keep your urine
light yellow or clear like water. Water and cranberry juice are good choices. Extra
fluids help flush the urinary tract. Note: If you have
kidney, heart, or liver disease and have to limit fluids, talk with your doctor
before you increase the amount of fluids you drink.
Do not drink
alcohol, caffeine, and carbonated beverages, which can irritate the
Urinate frequently. Urinate whenever you have the
Wash the genital area once a day with plain water or mild
soap. Rinse well and dry thoroughly.
The following tips can help women prevent urinary
Wipe from front to back after using the toilet.
This may reduce the spread of bacteria from the
anus to the
Do not take bubble baths or use
perfumed soaps or powders in the genital area. These products may cause
genital skin irritation.
Do not douche,
and do not use vaginal deodorants or perfumed feminine hygiene
Wear cotton underwear, cotton-lined panty hose, and loose
clothing. This helps promote the circulation of air to the vaginal
Change sanitary napkins often.
Drink extra water
before intercourse, and urinate promptly afterward. This is especially
important if you have had many urinary tract infections.
Do not use
a diaphragm or spermicidal cream, foam, or gel. A diaphragm may put pressure on
your urethra. This pressure may slow down or prevent your bladder from emptying
completely. Spermicides can cause genital skin irritation. For more information
on methods of birth control, see the topic