Preventing recurrent UTIs
Some people may be more prone to UTIs than others
- Sexually-active women
- Women, due to the anatomy of the urethra being relatively short, only about 4 cm long
- People with urinary catheters who cannot empty their own bladder
- People with an altered immune system, including people with diabetes
- Men with prostate problems that interfere with bladder emptying
- Babies, especially those with physical problems of the urinary system
What are the most common causes?
- Improper wiping (back to front)
- Sexual activity
How to avoid UTIs?
The following may help to reduce the risk of UTIs.
- Drink lots of water
- Urinate immediately after sexual intercourse
- Wipe from front to back after urinating or bowel movements
- Treat vaginal infections quickly e.g. thrush
- Avoid spermicide-containing products
- Don’t delay going to the toilet
- Empty your bladder fully when you do go to the toilet
See your Healthcare Professional if symptoms persist