You can take steps to reduce your chances of getting a
urinary tract infection (UTI). Knowing how to control
some of your risk factors may help you prevent a UTI.
Risk factors that you can control include:
Hygiene. After using the bathroom, women should
always wipe themselves from front to back. The most common cause of a UTI is
growth of bacteria in the urinary tract, usually Escherichia coli (E. coli), a type of bacteria commonly found
in the area around the rectum.
Not drinking enough fluids.
Drinking more fluids causes a person to urinate more frequently, reducing the
levels of bacteria in the urinary tract and bladder.
activity. Urination after sexual intercourse decreases the risk of urinary
tract infections in women.
Use of a contraceptive diaphragm, which
may cause increased risk of UTIs.
Use of a spermicide. Studies
have shown that a woman may be 3 times more likely to get a UTI if her sex
partner uses a condom coated with a spermicide.
Use of feminine
hygiene sprays or frequent douching.
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