Jun 07, 2024

Summer Self-Care Guide: Surviving UTIs in Hot Weather

Surviving Summer UTIs

Summer is the perfect time for sun-soaked days, beach bonfires, and poolside lounging, but did you know it’s also peak season for UTIs? With the heat and the humidity, bacteria have a field day, increasing your risk of a urinary tract infection. Don’t let a pesky UTI ruin your summer fun! Dive into our top tips for avoiding UTIs during the warmer months, so you can stay health and carefree all season long.

Tip 1: Stay Hydrated

Water, water, and more water! Staying hydrated helps flush out bacteria from your urinary tract. Plus, it’s a great habit to form to combat the summer sun. Keep a water bottle handy, especially if you’re spending time outdoors or being active. 

Tip 2: Pee After Swimming

We all love a good dip in the pool or wade in the ocean to cool off, but remember to hit the bathroom afterwards. Sitting around in a soaked swimsuit can increase the risk of bacteria growth. So, make a pit stop and pee after swimming to keep things fresh and clean down there. 

Tip 3: Wipe Front to Back

It’s the golden rule of bathroom hygiene: always wipe front to back! This simple habit helps prevent spreading bad bacteria into the urinary tract, reducing the risk of UTIs.

Tip 4: Choose Breathable Fabrics

Light, breathable fabrics like cotton underwear are your best friends in the summer. They help things cool and dry, preventing the moist environment that bacteria love. Save the satin and silk for another time!

Tip 5: Change Out of Workout Clothes

Repeat after us: I will change out of my workout clothes as soon as possible! Damp, sweaty clothes are a breeding ground for bacteria. A quick change after your Pilates or hot yoga session into fresh clothes can make a big difference in preventing UTIs.

Tip 6: Avoid Irritating Products

Be mindful of the products you use near your genital area. Avoid scented sprays, douches, and powders as they can irritate the urethra and disrupt your natural pH balance, making you more susceptible to infections. 

Tip 7: Don’t Hold It In

When you gotta go, you gotta go! Summer is all about exploring, and sometimes this means not having a bathroom nearby. However, it’s important to make regular bathroom breaks a priority – even if it means pausing your road trip or beach read. 

Quick Relief is a Click Away

Despite your best efforts, if you do end up with a UTI, don’t fret! Most UTIs are super easy to treat with antibiotics. You can request UTI treatment through the Planned Parenthood Direct app – no need to interrupt your summer plans for a trip to the doctor’s office!

Summer should be all about fun and relaxation, not worrying about UTIs. Follow these tips to keep your urinary tract happy and healthy, so you can focus on soaking up the sun and making memories. Stay cool, stay hydrated, and most importantly, stay UTI-free! 

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