The Doctors discuss a recent tweet that read “We need a Disney princess who gets chronic UTIs who goes to the doctor and the doctor tells her to always pee after sex and the princess says she’s already doing that and the doctor says ‘well that’s all the advice I have.’”
This tweet resonated with lots of women and while peeing after sex is good advice OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry has some more tips for women to avoid urinary tract infections:
UTI Prevention Do’s:
- Drinks lots of water
- Empty your bladder often
- Wipe from front to back
- Wear white cotton underwear
UTI Prevention Don’ts:
- Hold your pee for long periods of time
- Wear tight synthetic underwear
- Use lots of scented soaps and bubble baths
Dr. Landry also notes that while people often suggest drinking cranberry juice as a way to help UTIs, there is very little evidence that it reduces the chance of an infection.
Dr. Landry explains that the reason why women can get UTIs so frequently is due to their anatomy. The urethra is really short and it is in close proximity to the vagina, rectum and anus. It is really easy for bacteria to travel up the urethra, into the bladder, and cause infection.
Dr. Landry also stresses it’s important to make sure that the reason for discomfort and pain is actually a UTI, and if it is, are there underlying causes? Other issues such as STIs, diabetes, or vaginal atrophy (more common in post-menopausal women) could be causing more frequent UTIs or UTI-like symptoms. She says the doctor should test your urine but then if UTIs are frequent, they should also test that the antibiotic you’ve been given is the appropriate one to treat your UTI.