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Recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) can be a problem for many women. Most UTIs are caused by bacteria ascending from the vaginal wall and entering the urethra (water pipe) to pass into the bladder.
Here are a few simple steps which may help you to avoid them ...
Always wipe from the front to the back after using the bathroom. Do not try to reach from behind because germs from the rectum can be transferred to the hand and tissue. After bowel movements, clean the area around the anus gently, wiping from front to back. Never wipe twice with the same tissue.
Take showers and avoid prolonged baths. Bath water may quickly become contaminated by the bather's own natural bacteria. Sitting in a tub allows bacteria to reach the urethra and bladder. Rinse well and remember to wipe correctly from front to back. Douches have no proven benefit in preventing bladder infections.
Use tampons for periods. Tampons are advised during the menstrual period rather than sanitary pads because they keep the entrance to the urethra drier, thereby limiting bacterial overgrowth.
Avoid long intervals between urinating. Try to empty the bladder at least every 4 hours during the day while awake, even if the urge to void is absent. When feeling the need to empty the bladder, do not try to “hold it” until a more convenient time or place.
Do not wear tight-fitting undergarments made of non-breathing materials as moisture can build up leading to bacterial over growth near the opening of the bladder. Cotton underwear for general use is suggested.
Drink more water. Start with 1 extra glass with each meal. If the urine appears any darker than a very pale yellow, this means not enough liquid is being ingested; increase the fluid intake. Cranberry juice and cranberry pills have unproven benefit in reducing UTIs but may give some benefit, particularly in younger women.
When engaging in physical activity and exercise, make sure to empty the bladder frequently and drink plenty of water and other fluids. Take special precautions after sexual activity. The bladder should be emptied after intercourse; drink 2 extra glasses of water. Avoid the use of spermicidal jelly as this kills the normal vaginal bacteria which are extremely important in suppressing infection causing bacteria.
After menopause an oestrogen vaginal cream may help increase resistance to bladder infections. The cream helps keep the tissues around the bladder healthy and more resistant to infection.
Although bladder infections, cystitis, UTIs etc are common, please remember that symptoms of cystitis can be caused by sinister underlying diseases of the bladder such as cancer. Please consult your doctor (or us on the number below) if your symptoms persist, as further diagnostic reassurance is warranted.
Reading Urology Partnership offer a full & comprehensive service to diagnose and treat recurrent UTIs so please don't hesitate to contact us directly if you had any concerns.
Call us on 0118 920 7040
Email us on [email protected]
Contact your GP and ask for referral to the Reading Urology Partnership
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Self-funding initial consultation fee is £205