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