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Women's Health: How to Prevent Urinary Tract Infections

5 of 10 in Series: The Essentials of Women's Sexual Health

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are fairly common in women. If you notice any symptoms of a urinary tract infection, such as painful urination or a frequent urge to urinate, it’s important to seek treatment. Although UTI treatment is generally a quick course of antibiotics, a delay in seeking professional help can result in longer treatments. Better yet, women should know how best to avoid UTIs and thus stay healthy.

To avoid a urinary tract infection, try these tips:

  • Always keep this area clean, being very careful to wipe yourself front to back after going to the bathroom, not the other way around.

  • Do not use douches and feminine sprays to keep your vagina clean. These can upset the natural balance of bacteria found in the vagina and lead to yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis.

  • Urinate after intercourse to empty the bladder of any bacteria that may have been introduced.

Using douches and feminine sprays to keep your vagina clean isn't recommended because they can upset the natural balance of bacteria found in the vagina and lead to yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis.

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