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How can women prevent urinary tract infections?

Related Topics: Urinary Tract Infection
 

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To prevent urinary tract infections:

  • Women should urinate directly after sexual intercourse.
  • Carefully wipe from front to back after urinating or having a bowel movement.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.
  • Drink cranberry juice or any citrus juice.
  • Use a form of contraception other than a diaphragm and/or spermicidal jelly.
  • Use vaginal estrogen cream in women past menopause
  • Young girls should avoid bubble baths, which does not cause infections but can irritate the urinary tract.

In rare cases, daily or recurrent antibiotics may be used for prevention. For example, women who consistently develop urinary tract infections after intercourse may be advised to take a single dose of antibiotics after sex. 

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