Mar 18, 2024

4 Reasons for Recurring UTIs

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Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are easy to treat, but they're uncomfortable and inconvenient, nonetheless. There’s no foolproof way to prevent UTIs, but if you are prone to getting them, changing your habits could help protect you from future discomfort. 

Here are 4 reasons you may be experiencing recurring UTIs: 

You don’t drink enough water  

UTIs happen when outside bacteria gets pushed into the urethra or bacteria already inside the urinary system builds up. In addition to the many other benefits of drinking more water, increasing your water intake also addresses the latter cause by causing you to pee more often (and therefore get rid of bacteria more often), and by diluting the urine and making it harder for bacteria to grow. 

You don’t pee after sex 

Even if you use a condom and both partners have been tested, sex is a perfect opportunity for outside bacteria to be introduced inside your body. Certain brands of products, such as spermicide or scented lubricant, can increase the risk of UTIs by upsetting the bacterial makeup inside your body. Peeing after sex not only flushes out bacteria that may have been introduced, but also bacteria that may have migrated up toward the bladder during intercourse. Remember—UTIs can also be caused by holding in your pee, so when you need to go, go! 

You’re not wearing the right underwear 

Silky underwear may feel nice against your skin, but only breathable fabrics like cotton avoid trapping moisture. Synthetic materials and tight-fitted clothing can trap moisture and become a breeding ground for bacteria, which can lead to increased risk of UTIs. When in doubt, go with cotton! 

You’re using harsh soap to clean your genitals 

If you’re not washing the skin around your anus and genitals with ONLY warm water and/or mild, unscented soap, you may be irritating your body. You do not need to do anything to clean inside your vagina—it cleans itself. Feminine hygiene sprays, deodorants and douching are not necessary. In fact, scented and antibacterial products can be harmful to the vagina (even “sensitive skin” products or baby soaps).  

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