Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Infected Urine Prevention

Prevention of a urinary tract infection includes:

  • Drink plenty of fluids:
    • Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water per day.
  • Do not postpone urinating when you feel the urge to urinate.
  • Empty your bladder completely when you urinate.
  • Try to urinate every 2 to 4 hours.
  • Practice safe sex:
    • Use condoms.
  • Urinate as soon as possible following sexual intercourse.
  • Wash the genital area each time you shower or bathe.
  • Wear cotton underwear.
  • Women should always wipe from the front to the back.
  • Women should avoid prolonged sitting in wet clothes.
  • Women should not use vaginal deodorants or perfumes.
  • Circumcision decreases the risk of urinary tract infections in males.

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Last Updated: Sep 7, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Infected Urine References
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