When it comes to routine maintenance, you probably keep up with your skincare, haircuts and other beauty regiments. However, you may overlook one of the most important areas of the female body. Urinary tract infections or UTIs affect over eight million Americans per year. They are more common in women. Furthermore, uncomfortable UTI symptoms can be prevented by practicing optimal hygiene.
Lowering your UTI risk
A UTI, also known as a bladder infection, can affect any part of your urinary system. These include the kidneys, bladder, or urethra. While not all cases of UTIs are preventable, you can lower your risk by following a few basic hygiene rules. Additionally, speak to your OB-GYN about other treatments that can help prevent or lower your risk for a UTI.
Here are common ways to reduce your risk for UTI:
- Use the restroom as soon as you feel the urge to urinate.
- Urinate and shower after engaging in sexual activity to wash away bacteria.
- Wipe from front to back after bowel movements to prevent bacteria from coming into contact with the urethra.
- Drink plenty of water to help your body flush out toxins and bacteria.
- Wear cotton underwear that fits comfortably and isn’t too tight.
- Consult with your OB-GYN about alternate birth control methods that won’t increase your risk for UTI.
Common UTI symptoms
Sometimes, UTIs cannot be prevented. Fortunately, they are relatively easy to diagnose, given the intensity and discomfort of accompanying symptoms. Make an appointment with your OB-GYN as soon as possible if you experience one or more of the following common UTI symptoms:
- Increased urge to urinate
- Burning pain during urination
- Blood in the urine
- Pelvic pain
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Back pain
- Urine that has a foul odor
- Urine that looks dark or cloudy
If you suspect you have a UTI, make an appointment with your OB-GYN immediately to receive treatment and prevent your infection from worsening. In most cases, your OB-GYN will prescribe one or more antibiotics or medications that can help manage and treat your condition.
Schedule an appointment with Women’s Care Florida to learn more about UTI treatment, and about our women’s health and gynecology services.