Tips & Suggestions
Tips to reduce the incidence of bladder infections
- Drink plenty of water to flush out bacteria.
- Don't hold your urine - urinate when you feel like you need to.
- Wipe from front to back after bowel movements.
- Wear white cotton underwear.
- Avoid sitting in a wet bathing suit.
- Avoid any fragrance-containing toilet paper, sanitary pads, tampons, and bubble baths. These chemicals can aggravate the infection.
- Urinate after sexual intercourse to help wash away bacteria.
- If you get urinary tract infections often, you may want to avoid using a diaphragm as a birth control method. Ask your doctor about other birth control choices.
- Include celery, parsley, and watermelon in your diet – they act as natural diuretics.
- Avoid citrus fruits - they produce alkaline urine which encourages bacterial growth.
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine, soda, chocolate, and refined sugars.
- Follow a brief detox program.
- Include a probiotic into your daily supplement routine.
The following conditions will increase your risk of getting a UTI:
- If you have had one bladder infection, there is an increased chance that you may get a second bladder infection.
- Sexual intercourse
- Use of certain contraception methods, such as the diaphragm
- Systemic disorders such as diabetes
- Structural abnormalities that restrict the flow of urine, e.g. narrowing of the urethra
- Retaining urine in the bladder for long periods
- Antibiotic use
- Women get UTIs more frequently than men