Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms

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Urinary Tract Infection Prevention

The risk for urinary tract infection may be lowered by following several prevention suggestions. The following have been suggested by studies (see references for more information):

Cleaning the opening of the urethra (urethral meatus) after sexual intercourse.

Drinking cranberry juice, which contains a certain type of tanning only found otherwise in blueberries, which prevents the adherence of some pathogens.

For post-menopausal women, a 0.5mg intravaginal application of estriol vaginal cream (a topical estrogen cream).

For some recurring UTIs, taking long term, low dose antibiotics.

Having acupuncture, which has been shown as effective in preventing new urinary tract infections in recurrent situations.


Other sensible methods have been suggested, but have not been studied. Some of those include:

Having adequate intake of water and other fluids.

Practicing good hygeine in toilet-related matters.

Bathing in warm water not filled with soap or bath foams.

Cleaning the genitals and surrounding areas prior to and following sexual intercourse.

Refraining from anal intercourse.