Just for women: Recommendations for preventing recurrent urinary tract infections

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InfeccionUrinariamujerVoiding habits:

You should try to urinate every 3 or 4 hours (even without having to urinate).

Avoid retaining  or holding your urination.

 

Drinking liquids:

You should drink 8-12 glasses of water daily (do not substitute water for other drinks, i.e. even though you consume juice or other drinks, you should still drink the 8 glasses of water described).

 

How can recurrent urinary tract infection be prevented?

Do not use tampons

Do not use the Bidett. It is preferable to use a hand-held hose.

Avoid the use of every day sanitary towels.

No douching (either with vinegar or other preparations).

Avoid the “excess” of vulva-vaginal cleaning.

Avoid direct cleaning of the vulva and vagina with blue soap, iodinated soaps (povedine, betadine) or medicated or conventional soaps.

We recommend using mild soaps, the PH neutral type, glycerine, etc.

You must carry out the cleaning of the vulva always in the anterior-posterior direction, ie, wipe the toilet paper or soap from the front to the back (both after urination as well as when bathing ), never the reverse.

Visit the gynecologist regularly to avoid persistent flow or vaginal infections.

Avoid keeping on a wet bathing suit for prolonged periods.

Avoid the use of tight underwear or that which can be easily inserted between the labia mayor and cause friction in that area.

 

Additional preventive medical measures:

Take daily 1 tablet (1g) of Vitamin C.

Drink Cranberry juice  (“Blueberry) .

 

If there is constipation:

Eat a diet rich in fiber (bran, wheat germ, barley, granola, cereal commercial type bran, green vegetables preferably uncooked).

Drink plenty of water (8-12 glasses of water daily).

Reduce the consumption of red meat, fats, fried foods, and dairy products.

 

Suggestions regarding sexual activity:

Wash before intercourse (women and their partners)

Avoid anal intercourse (If you do have it, NEVER have vaginal penetration after anal intercourse)

Avoid blind vaginal penetration (it is suggested that the woman guide the penis into the vagina with her hand to prevent the entry of bacteria that the penis can bring with it after contact with the anus while searching undirected for the vagina).

Avoid using vaginal lubricants for intercourse.

Concerning women over 50:

It is suggested that you visit the gynecologist to select the most appropriate hormonal replacement therapy.

The application of topical creams with female hormones (Premarin cream, Ovestin, ect.) in the peri-urethral area of the vulva (around the opening of the urethra) is suggested.

 

By Dr. Alejandro Garcia Segui

Translated by Weldon Woodard