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May 16, 2021  
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  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

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    Doctors suggest some additional steps that a woman can take on her own to avoid an infection:


    • Drink plenty of water every day. Some doctors suggest drinking cranberry juice, which in large amounts inhibits the growth of some bacteria by acidifying the urine. Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) supplements have the same effect;
    • Urinate when you feel the need; don't resist the urge to urinate;
    • Wipe from front to back to prevent bacteria around the anus from entering the vagina or urethra;
    • Take showers instead of tub baths;
    • Cleanse the genital area before sexual intercourse;
    • Avoid using feminine hygiene sprays and scented douches, which may irritate the urethra.

    Last updated: 13-Jun-07

       
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