***This article was first published on Froedtert & MCW Virtual Clinic's Blog.
More than 50% of women will have at least one UTI in their lifetime. Most uncomplicated UTIs in adult women can be quickly and easily treated via virtual care. In fact, UTIs are one of our most commonly diagnosed and treated conditions.
The symptoms of a UTI may include painful and frequent urination, lower abdominal pain, or bloody urine. Uncomplicated UTIs typically affect the urethra or bladder. While some UTIs may resolve on their own, many require treatment.
Here are 4 tips to reduce the risk of UTI in women.
- Drink more water
Drink water to dilute your urine and increase the frequency of urination – this helps to flush more bacteria from your urinary tract.
- Urinate more frequently
Try to empty your bladder at least every 4 hours while you’re awake. Avoid going long periods holding your urine, such as while at work or travelling.
- Cranberries – the jury is still out
Cranberry juice and cranberry pills may help, although there has been no proven benefit in reducing urinary tract infections.
- Sexual activities
Empty your bladder after intercourse to help to flush any bacteria from your urinary tract. If you have new or multiple sexual partners, or don’t practice safe sex, UTI symptoms could be related to a sexually transmitted infection and may need additional testing or treatment.
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