If you are experiencing recurring urinary tract infections and have already been seen by a urologist to rule out an abnormality
that needs correction, perhaps there are some steps you can take to prevent future infections. Our doctors have outlined simple
precautions that if followed consistently, may make the difference for you.
- FOLLOW PROPER HYGIENE TECHNIQUES — Always wipe from front to back using plain white toilet tissue after having a bowel
movement or after urination. This is to avoid spreading bacteria from the anal area to the vagina or urethra. Please use a
hand held shower to wash the genital area daily.
- INCREASE YOUR INTAKE OF FLUIDS — You should drink fluids in the form of water or natural juices, without chemicals, at
room temperature. Drink enough so that your urine is absolutely clear when collected in a clear transparent plastic cup. You
should check to see if your urine is clear using this method once a week. 8 - 10 glasses measuring 8 ounces per glass per
day might meet your requirements. You should urinate at least 2 liters/24 hours.
- EMPTY YOUR BLADDER FREQUENTLY — Whenever you feel the desire to urinate, do not wait. Failure to empty your bladder may be
one of the causes of recurring Urinary Tract Infections.
- IF YOU ARE SEXUALLY ACTIVE — Empty your bladder before sex and immediately after sex. Before sexual activity make sure that
you are adequately lubricated and that you assume a comfortable position to avoid injury to the urethra.
- TRY TRIPLE VOIDING — Triple means three times. After you have finished passing your water for the first time, you should
wait for 10 seconds and try to pass your water the second time. Then you wait for another 10 seconds and try to pass your water
the third time. The second and third try should be dry ones. Please do not push or force to get drops out. The reason for triple
voiding is to make absolutely sure that after urination no drops of urine are left behind because this may act as a source for
the bacteria to multiply in the bladder and cause an infection.
- EMPTY YOUR BLADDER EVERY TWO HOURS — Even if you do not have the desire to urinate. Every two hours when you are awake
you should empty your bladder by triple voiding. The reason for this is to prevent the bacteria from significantly multiplying
in the bladder and resulting in infection.
- TAKE HIGH POTENCY B-COMPLEX VITAMINS — We do not suggest multivitamins. We also suggest you eat one or two large raw
carrots as a source of minerals. The reason for this is to supplement your nutrition and to compensate for the loss of
minerals and soluble B-Complex since you have increased your fluid intake to flush out the bacteria from the bladder.
Maintaining adequate nutrition and getting sufficient sleep are important contributing factors to increase your body's
resistance and to prevent recurring urinary tract infections.
- WEAR COMFORTABLE CLOTHING — Refrain from wearing tight jeans and nylon pantyhose for long periods of time causing
indirect pressure on the urethra. Nylon pantyhose are not absorbent. Use 100% cotton undergarments because perspiration
acts as a medium for bacteria to grow and the constant moisture is irritating to the area.
- USE CAUTION WITH YOUR DIAPHRAGM — If you are using one, make sure that it is properly fitted to protect the urethra
from injury during sexual intercourse.
If you are having recurring urinary tract infections and would like to see one of our University Urologists, please
call 631.44.6270 for an appointment.