Sep 22, 2023

How Do I Prevent and Treat UTIs?

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A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection of the urinary system, including your bladder and urethra. Anyone can get a UTI, but they’re much more common if you have a vulva. Bacteria that live in the vagina, genital, and anal areas may enter the urethra, travel to the bladder, and cause an infection. This can happen from numerous things, but a few common causes are sexual activity or STIs like chlamydia and gonorrhea.  

How can I prevent UTIs?  

UTIs are no fun. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to prevent them, like: 

  • Drink a lot of fluids (including water) 
  • Pee when you need to - don’t hold it! Also, always remember to pee before and after sex 
  • Wipe from front to back after using the bathroom 
  • Wash the skin around your anus and genitals with warm water and gentle soap 
  • Use barriers like condoms and dental dams during sex, especially during sexual contact with your anus 

Is there treatment for UTIs?  

YES! Pesky UTIs are no joke, but the good news is they’re totally curable! Antibiotics work to wipe out the infection. The type, dose, and length of your urinary tract infection treatment depends on what’s causing the infection and your medical history.  

Wave goodbye to your UTI and hello to hassle-free treatment with the Planned Parenthood Direct app!   

Is UTI treatment from the app not yet available in your area? Schedule a visit at your local Planned Parenthood health center.

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