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7 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of A Urinary Tract Infection

Preventing UTIs, let our urologist help

Prevention of UTIs is ideal

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are one of the most common ailments and can affect adults and children alike. Every year, 8-10 million visits to doctors occur because of UTIs.

To avoid the painful experience, here are some ways you can reduce your risk of a urinary tract infection.

  • Drink water! It is helpful to be well hydrated so that your bladder can work efficiently. Respond to your body’s thirst with a drink.
  • Urinate Fully. Do not rush urination. Empty your bladder completely when you use the toilet.
  • Urinate on Demand. Do not hold in your urine. Use the toilet when you feel the urge to.
  • Use Condoms. During intercourse, condoms can reduce the risk of a UTI. Just beware of spermicide-lubricated condoms. According to WebMD.com, these can actually increase your risk of developing a UTI.
  • Urinate After Sex. After intercourse, urinating can flush out any bacteria that might have found its way to your urethra.
  • Wipe From Front to Back. When using the toilet, avoid any bacteria transfer from the rectum by wiping the correct way 100% of the time.
  • Wear Cotton Underwear. Breathable cotton is a good fabric to avoid trapping moisture and breeding bacteria near your urethra.

Let our Houston area urologists diagnosis your UTI

You might not know for sure if you have a UTI unless you consult a doctor. At Houston Metro Urology, we will determine if you have a urinary tract infection by examining samples of your urine under a microscope.

If an infection is present, we may also perform a urine culture, a process in which bacteria from infected urine are grown in a laboratory. The germs can then be identified and tested to see which drugs will provide the most effective treatment. It often takes a day or two to complete this testing.

If you suffer from recurring urinary tract infections or other problems urinating, we can help diagnose and treat you. Give us a call today.

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