How Can You Prevent UTIs?

Changing your daily habits may help to prevent UTIs:

* Wear cotton underwear and loose-fitting clothes so that air can keep the area dry. Avoid tight-fitting jeans and nylon
underwear, which trap moisture and can help bacteria to grow.

* Always wipe from front to back when using the toilet,
especially after a bowel movement.

*To help flush away bacteria that might have entered the urethra during sex, urinate as soon as possible after intercourse.

* Bacteria can grow when urine stays in the bladder too long, so
urinate often and try to go when you first feel the urge to.

* Cranberry juice and vitamin C both increase the acid in your urine and this makes it harder for bacteria to grow. The bladder wall also becomes slippery from drinking cranberry juice and this can prevent bacteria from sticking to it.

* Try to drink between 6 and 8 glasses of water per day. Drinking water can help to flush bacteria out of your urinary system.

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