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Everyday Habits that Cause UTIs

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How You Could Be Unknowingly Causing a UTI

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are bacterial infections that happen when bacteria get into your urine and makes its way up to the bladder, which can cause a host of uncomfortable symptoms. Experiencing a UTI is very common, causing more than 8 million doctor visits each year in the United States.

 

With such shockingly high statistics, it's essential to know how to prevent this bacterial buildup in your bladder.

Not Drinking Enough Water

Drinking plenty of water and staying adequately hydrated can provide a host of health benefits—including preventing urinary tract infections. When you don’t get enough water passing through your body, there can be a buildup of bacteria in your bladder.

 

Try to drink the eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day to help to reduce your risk of developing a UTI.

Holding Your Pee

Similarly to not drinking enough water, holding urine for a long time can also cause a urinary tract infection. This is because the bacteria that is building up in your urinary tract needs to be flushed. This is particularly true after having sex.

Wearing Tight Underwear

Although certain materials may feel more comfortable against the skin, wearing synthetic and tight-fitting undergarments can lead to UTI. This is because they can trap moisture and allow bacteria to multiply. If you have recurring UTIs, try switching to breathable fabrics like cotton that wick away moisture.

Incorrect Wiping Techniques

Whether you’ve just finished peeing or passing stool, it is important for women to wipe from front to back after using the restroom. If you wipe in the opposite direction, you're introducing the bacteria from your anus to your urethra and potentially further into your urinary tract.

Urological Care in Bishop, CA

At Northern Inyo Healthcare District, our team of urologists have the expertise and knowledge necessary to diagnose and treat issues of the urinary tract and system, including the kidneys and bladder, as well as male reproductive organs. From simple UTI’s to prostate cancer, we’re here to help.


For more information about the Urology services at Northern Inyo Healthcare District or to schedule an appointment, call (760) 873-2080.