3. Urinate Before and After Intercourse
Urinating before and after intercourse will flush away harmful bacteria before they can enter the urethra and cause an infection. Additionally, cleansing the genitals with a mild soap and warm water will prevent the introduction of bacteria to the urinary tract. Studies show that applying an estrogen cream before intercourse can help prevent urinary tract infections in postmenopausal women. This may be due to low estrogen levels allowing bacteria to grow more freely.
2. Shower Instead of Bathing
Taking a bath can contribute to the risk of urinary tract infection since bacteria thrive in warm, wet environments. Additionally, spending time in a tub containing products such as bath oils, soap bubbles, or bath salts can be irritating to the urethra. This makes it susceptible to infection. Choose showers instead of baths to prevent irritation and infection.
1. Wear Loose-Fitting Clothing
Tight-fitting undergarments can cause friction that irritates the urethra, leading to urinary tract infection when bacteria are present. Pants that fit too tightly and cause increased warmth and sweating can foster the growth of bacteria and allow bacteria to enter the urethra. Additionally, tight undergarments or pants can place pressure on the bladder, increasing the discomfort experienced while suffering from a urinary tract infection. If you suffer from frequent urinary tract infections, wearing comfortable, loose-fitting, cotton pants can help prevent the spread of bacteria and prevent an infection.