UTIs occur when bacteria enter the urethra; women are especially prone to this painful condition. Take these steps to help prevent one.
Step 1: Drink cranberry juice Add cranberry juice to your daily or weekly diet. Cranberry may cut the risk of urinary tract infections.
TIP: You can also take cranberry supplements in capsule form.
Step 2: Drink more water Drink plenty of water to flush out the urinary tract.
Step 3: Take showers Skip the tub and use the shower instead. Bacteria can easily enter the urethra in a hot bath.
Step 4: Don't use sprays and douches Avoid feminine hygiene sprays and douches. They can irritate the urethra and increase the risk of an infection.
Step 5: Wipe from front to back When using the toilet, wipe from front to back.
Step 6: Wear cotton panties Wear cotton underwear. Cotton allows your skin to breathe, which helps prevent bacteria from accumulating around the urinary tract.
Step 7: Pee after sex Urinate following sexual intercourse. Bacteria can enter the urethra during intercourse; going to the bathroom immediately after sex helps flush out bacteria.
Step 8: See a doctor if you experience symptoms If you experience UTI symptoms, such as a frequent urge to urinate and a painful, burning feeling in the area of the bladder or urethra during urination, see your doctor.
FACT: Urinary tract infections account for about 8.3 million doctor visits each year.