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Showering Can Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Get Clean Before Getting Down: UTI Prevention

There's a reason bladder infections bear the nickname honeymoon cystitis; sex is one of the main culprits when it comes to developing a urinary tract infection. Everything is so close down there that bacteria slides around and gets into spots where it just shouldn't reside. Aside from emptying your bladder immediately after sex to clear any of the infection-inducing E. coli from your urethra, you can help prevent a UTI by cleaning up before getting busy. Catherine Cheng, M.D., recommended to Whole Living that women shower "between a bowel movement and sex; E coli can spread easily to the bladder." A simple measure can save you from an icky infection, an expensive doctor's visit, and a week on antibiotics that kill good bacteria along with the bad.

Since sex isn't the only thing that can lead to a UTI, here are a few more tricks to prevent this painful infection.

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Jasmine-Santa2757239 Jasmine-Santa2757239 4 years
I suffer from frequent urinary tract infections (unfortunately I would get one about 50% of the time after intercourse--even after urinating directly afterwards). I started taking Lady Soma's Cranberry Supplement \u00a0(the maximum of 4 a day) only when I had intercourse, or when I felt a UTI coming on (although once I felt it coming on, it was sometimes too late). My UTIs are way down from how frequently I was getting them without the lady soma cranberry supplement. I have lost my health insurance and was concerned about the expense of having to go to the doctor or ER for UTI's, so I began taking 2 pills a day (and 4 on the days that I have intercourse), and have not had a problem since.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
Hygiene is really important--that's why a lot of nursing home patients get UTIs; they usually wear adult diapers and get fecal matter in their urethra and get an infection. I always shower right after I poop for the day and I pee right after having sex. I've never had a UTI, so I guess it's working for me.
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