6. Use Good Hygiene
Good bathroom hygiene is also important for preventing urinary tract infections. After using the restroom, always wipe from front to back to prevent spreading bacteria from the anus to the urethra. Don’t delay when you sense the need to urinate, as this can irritate the bladder. Additionally, holding urine for an extended period of time can allow bacteria to grow. Change sanitary pads often to keep the area fresh. If you are prone to frequent urinary tract infections, wearing cotton underwear instead of silk or satin may help wick moisture away from the urethra and prevent infection.
5. Avoid Harsh Chemicals
To prevent urinary tract infections, avoid the use of douches and feminine deodorants. The human body is designed to cleanse these areas without the assistance of chemicals or sprays. These products act as irritants to the area and can introduce infection. Simply cleanse the area with a mild soap and warm water. If you experience vaginal dryness, use a water-based vaginal lubricant that will be non-irritating to the area.
4. Change Out of Wet Clothing
Moisture can harbor bacteria and foster microbial growth. Wearing wet undergarments can create a warm, moist environment that can introduce bacteria to the urethra and cause a urinary tract infection. Additionally, wearing wet fabrics against the skin can be irritating and contribute to the pain and discomfort associated with an infection. Remove wet clothing such as swimsuits promptly to avoid developing or contributing to a urinary tract infection.