How to Prevent Urinary Tract Infections. Urinary tract infections are also known as UTIs, cystitis and bladder infections. They most commonly occur in women, and there are steps you can take to help prevent them, especially if you are prone to them.
Things You'll Need
- Cranberry Juice
- Bioflavonoid Complex
- Toilet Paper
- Vitamin C
Drink at least eight glasses of water per day.
Add cranberry juice to your diet. Try to drink a glass every day. If you don't like cranberry juice, try another acidic juice such as orange or grapefruit. The juice will help keep your urine acidic.
Wear cotton underwear and panty hose with a cotton crotch. Cotton allows air to pass in and out and keeps the crotch area drier, making it a less-inviting place for bacteria to flourish.
Wipe from front to back (if you are female), reducing the likelihood that bacteria will spread from your anus into your urinary tract.
Use white, unscented toilet paper. Dyes and perfumes can cause inflammation and urinary symptoms in some people.
Urinate before and after sexual intercourse.
Avoid bubble baths, bath oils and powders. These can irritate the area and increase the likelihood of infection.
Decrease or eliminate vaginal douching. Avoid vaginal deodorants and perfumed feminine hygiene products, which may contribute to urinary problems.
Take 1,000 to 2,000 mg of vitamin C with bioflavonoids daily. Vitamin C helps acidify the urine, preventing the growth of bacteria.
Use acidophilus, especially if you are on antibiotics, according to package directions. Acidophilus helps restore normal bacterial growth.
Eat celery, parsley and watermelon. They are natural diuretics, which help flush out your system.
Use sanitary pads instead of tampons if you are prone to urinary tract infections.