UTI’s: Why You Get Them and How To Prevent Them

Being a woman isn’t always sunshine and roses. We have babies, we get periods, we’re paid less (won’t get into that here).

One of the most annoying parts of being a woman would have to be UTI’s.

Now, not all women get them, or at least not as frequently as others, but when you get them they suck like no other.

A urinary tract infection can be incredibly uncomfortable and difficult to prevent or get rid of.

Ever since I became sexually active, I have been more prone to UTI’s. Some women just seem to experience them more often, and trust me it really sucks.

Being a college student and getting UTI’s makes it so much worse.

The first time I got a UTI, I called my mom crying. I was in so much pain, I couldn’t sleep, it hurt to pee, and I had an extreme irritation down there.

I had no idea what to do, but all I knew was that I had to get rid of it and fast.

Cranberry Juice

Cranberry juice seems to be all anyone can ever talk about when it comes to UTI’s. Everyone seems convinced that cranberry juice will prevent and relieve UTI’s.

Sorry to tell ya, but cranberry juice does not help with UTI’s.

This common spread myth has been recently debunked as false by major medical professionals.

Although cranberry’s do have an active ingredient that can help bacteria from sticking to the wall of your bladder, they just don’t have enough of it to truly make a difference when it comes to UTI’s

Read more here.

Water

Probably the best thing that you can do when it comes to UTI’s, is to drink plenty of water.

Keeping hydrated helps to flush bad bacterias out of your system. The more you pee the better you’ll be, especially if you drink enough water that you pee comes out clear.

When your pee comes out yellow, or with a foul smell, often it means that you are dehydrated.

Keeping hydrated not only helps clear out bad bacteria, but it also helps clear your skin, give you boosts in energy, and feel better overall.

Wiping

If you don’t follow this rule already, you really should start.

When wiping, no matter #1 or #2, always wipe from front to back.

When you wipe from back to front, or even side to side, you are allowing bacteria near your vagina which can cause infections like UTI’s.

It may not seem major, but the cleaner you keep it down there, the less likely you are to expose yourself to infections.

Sex

This one is a bit tricky.

Sex is very different for everyone, but the one thing sex has in common with everyone is the irritation it can cause.

Irritation can result from sex at any point, but especially when you first start having sex and when you haven’t had sex in a while.

One of the best things you can do is to always pee after sex.

Even if you don’t think you have to, try your best to at least get a little bit out.

Doing this can flush out bacteria or anything harmful that may have come in contact with your genitals during sex.

Another way to help prevent UTI’s is to watch what you’re putting into your body.

If you use toys during sex, always make sure that they have been thoroughly cleaned before use.

When it comes to lubrication, it’s better to stay away from dies and perfumes. As fun as certain lubricants may be, it may not be the best to bring in contact with your lady parts.

Call Your Doctor

Although there are some drug store medications for UTI’s, your best bet is to call your doctor, especially if you’re not seeing any improvement.

If a UTI goes untreated, the UTI itself could spread to your kidney’s and cause an infection. There, the bacteria can get into your bloodstream causing a whole slew of issues.

In some cases, you may have to be hospitalized if the infection is bad enough.

Read more here.

When in doubt, call your doctor.

I know life is tough, and we are often so busy taking care of ourselves seems like a chore, but save yourself the time and money by figuring it out sooner rather than later.

College Students

It’s probably easier to deal with a UTI when you are in college.

Mostly for the fact that you get free medical appointments at your campus’s medical center.

Make yourself a quick appointment for a pee test. Often you will have the results back within minutes and the nurse can prescribe you medication.

You can either take the prescription to your local drugstore, or they can give it to you there at the center and charge a very small fee to your student account.

 

Hopefully, you’ll find this helpful, and please let me know if you have any tips/tricks on keeping UTI’s at bay and getting rid of them!

 

~Steph

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