Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are relatively common among women compared to men. Because of the shorter distance between the urethral opening and the bladder, they are more prone to get UTIs. Their urethra and the anus are situated in close proximity, raising the risk of UTIs further.
Certain lifestyle modifications help prevent urinary tract infections in both men and women, while some prevent UTIs, especially in females.
Drink an adequate amount of liquids daily. If your urine appears darker than very light yellow, it means you are not having enough liquids. Therefore, you should increase your fluid intake. Drinking plenty of water helps produce enough urine, which flushes pathogenic bacteria from the urinary tract before they begin an infection.
You should keep up your hygiene to prevent UTIs. Following urinating or a bowel movement, wipe front to back. It helps avoid bacteria in your anal region from entering the urethra and the vagina. Don’t attempt to reach from behind as bacteria from the anus may be transferred to your hand and the tissue. Do not wipe twice using the same tissue.
It is better to take showers instead of baths. If you prefer baths, try to avoid prolonged baths. Bath water becomes contaminated by your own skin flora. If you sit in a tub for a long period, bacteria can easily reach the urethra. When you clean your genital region, always wash front to back.
Use tampons for your menstrual periods rather than using pads or sanitary napkins. They keep the urethral region drier, limiting pathogenic bacterial growth.
Stay away from using irritating feminine products such as deodorant sprays, douches, and powders in your genital region, because the irritation promotes you to scratch and damage the healthy tissues.